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Speed Limits: Cameras

Volume 471: debated on Thursday 31 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost of speed cameras is expected to be (a) nationally and (b) in each police force area in 2007-08. (183495)

This information is not held by the Department. Since 1 April 2007 local road safety partnerships have been responsible for the deployment and operation of safety cameras. Cameras are now funded in the same way as other road safety measures through the local transport plan process, which includes a specific road safety grant. Partnerships are free to spend the grant according to local priorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what methodology she uses to estimate the number of lives saved by the siting of speed cameras. (183496)

The annual independent evaluations of the national safety camera programme assessed the effectiveness of cameras using a statistical model which took account of many different parameters including the effects of long-term trends and seasonal variations. Details of the modelling approach are included in the appendices to these reports.

The four-year evaluation, published on 15 December 2005, found a 42 per cent. reduction in people killed or seriously injured at camera sites, that means around 1,745 fewer people killed or seriously injured per annum, including over 100 fewer deaths.