National Safety Camera Programme

Transport written question – answered on 30th January 2006.

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Photo of Robert Walter Robert Walter Conservative, North Dorset

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the locations identified by the National Safety Camera Programme where casualties on roads with speed cameras have increased; and what steps he is taking to reduce the casualty rates in these locations.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

Details of all the cameras in England and Wales operating in the National Safety Camera Programme as at 31 March 2004, including those where casualties had increased, were published in June 2004 alongside the three-year evaluation of the National Safety Camera Programme. This information is on the Department's website.

It should be recognised that at any individual location there is some element of chance variation in the number of serious accidents between one year and the next, so it would be wrong to conclude automatically that a camera is not effective. However, the Handbook of Rules and Guidance for the National Safety Camera Programme for England and Wales for 2005–06 published in November 2004, requires partnerships to, at least annually, review the effectiveness of existing camera sites and to specifically consider sites where there appears to be a continuing problem of high numbers of collisions, notwithstanding the use of cameras, to assess whether further or different action should be taken.

In these instances partnerships should consider what alternative cost-effective engineering or other solutions should be implemented to tackle the problem instead of, or in addition to, the cameras. Solutions might include greater speed enforcement, road improvements, traffic calming or road safety education and information measures. Operational cases for 2005–06 indicated that as a result some 104 camera sites were being stood down.

An updated Handbook of Rules and Guidance for the National Safety Camera Programme for 2006–07 has today been published on the Department's website. A copy has been placed in the Library of the House. This requires partnerships to keep existing sites under review.

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