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Road Traffic Offences: Traffic Lights

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through red traffic signals. (193608)

The Road Traffic Act 1991 provides highways authorities with the power to install and maintain, on or near a highway, structures and camera equipment at traffic-light junctions to detect vehicles failing to comply with a red traffic light. A total of 600 red light cameras were operating within the National Safety Camera Programme for England and Wales on 31 March 2007. Since 1 April 2007 the Department’s guidance has allowed local authorities greater freedom to deploy red light cameras in order to prevent or reduce such incidents.