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Speed Limits: Cameras

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent guidance his Department has issued on the visibility of speed enforcement cameras; what legislation currently regulates the visibility of speed enforcement cameras; and if will make a statement. (253005)

On 31 January 2007 the Department for Transport issued DfT Circular 01/2007, guidance on the deployment, visibility and signing of speed and red light cameras. The guidance was placed in the Library of the House and is also available on the Department's website. This came into effect on 1 April 2007 and recommends a high visibility approach to speed enforcement that the Department expects road safety partnerships to follow. However there is no legislation in place regulating the visibility of speed enforcement. The Department has always made clear that it remains open to the police to conduct covert enforcement of speed limits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport under what legislation speed camera zones must be clearly signposted; what changes have been made to this legislation since its enactment; and if he will make a statement. (253009)

There is no legislation in place mandating the signing of areas where speed enforcement is taking place. Guidance on the deployment, visibility and signing of speed and red light cameras is contained in DfT Circular 01/2007, guidance on the deployment, visibility and signing of speed and red light cameras. The guidance was placed in the Library of the House and is also available on the Department for Transport's website. This came into effect on 1 April 2007 and recommends the use of camera warning signs where permitted and practicable. The signing is contained in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) and its use is not mandatory. However, in order for a speed limit to be enforced all speed limit signing must be lawful and correct and in accordance with TSRGD.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras were (a) installed on and (b) removed from roads in (i) England and Wales, (ii) Essex and (iii) Southend in each year from 2000 to 2007. (254137)

[holding answer 3 February 2009]: The Department only holds figures for 2007 until 31 March, when the National Safety Camera programme ended. The number of speed camera sites installed and removed in England and Wales and Essex is outlined in the following table. Separate information for Southend is not held:

Number of speed cameras installed and removed in England and Wales and Essex

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

England and Wales

Installed

295

379

1116

1165

601

526

289

49

Removed

9

13

81

38

54

55

49

8

Essex

Installed

48

105

10

33

9

48

6

0

Removed

0

8

45

4

3

9

13

0