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Speed Limits: Cameras

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many fixed penalty notices have been issued by each Safety Camera Partnership and successor organisation since 2001. (279597)

The Department for Transport holds only information about speed and red light cameras operating under the National Safety Camera Programme which started in 2001 and ended on 31 March 2007. The numbers of fixed penalty notices issued by each safety camera partnership were not collected. However, details of fixed penalty notices issued and subsequently paid, broken down by partnership area, are outlined in the following table:

Speed and red light fixed penalty notices paid, by partnership and financial year

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Avon and Somerset

68,067

99,151

82,054

73,914

59,555

Bedfordshire

50,792

60,920

58,439

50,558

50,362

Cambridgeshire

2,257

12,856

20,763

19,941

20,998

20,474

Cheshire

30,064

37,690

33,256

32,469

Cleveland

14,983

14,418

24,395

21,144

21,907

21,056

18,101

Cumbria

26,979

29,792

26,836

30,984

Derbyshire

10,900

32,192

47,040

40,485

30,072

29,041

Devon and Cornwall

19,749

48,974

53,204

47,508

43,144

Dorset

23,733

65,984

49,791

50,098

46,822

Essex

30,775

58,735

94,537

85,629

78,505

78,881

65,284

Gloucestershire

13,702

12,081

Greater Manchester

48,118

41,221

59,085

67,578

Hampshire

29,096

41,587

52,128

48,476

45,171

Hertfordshire

5,464

31,695

58,556

46,887

42,759

Humberside

0

44,681

42,469

45,289

36,164

Kent

30,994

54,929

60,959

50,285

61,206

Lancashire

19,953

98,495

84,560

58,869

62,887

57,551

Leicestershire

33,644

38,538

29,368

37,010

30,066

Lincolnshire

10,450

10,477

26,222

23,717

25,977

29,252

21,924

London

85,351

108,291

148,379

157,597

126,130

Merseyside

18,332

24,848

Mid and South Wales

26,117

31,271

121,076

121,353

109,224

101,014

98,031

Norfolk

2,669

20,101

27,157

23,958

22,100

24,914

North Wales

10,813

43,484

56,247

50,495

66,038

55,399

Northamptonshire

36,131

45,559

59,845

55,819

47,976

51,265

42,186

Northumbria

53,426

71,647

63,387

48,407

Nottinghamshire

9,273

14,472

46,711

55,530

59,392

52,940

53,129

South Yorkshire

15,814

52,816

51,048

60,376

41,982

Staffordshire

10,520

36,299

40,604

45,054

46,632

43,109

Suffolk

24,144

39,406

33,087

31,623

Surrey

23,940

39,224

Sussex

26,582

62,880

46,752

56,912

50,032

Thames Valley

37,319

77,881

114,933

111,646

92,690

90,833

75,248

Warwickshire

3,405

39,810

50,862

43,454

39,088

33,536

West Mercia

51,436

51,599

47,554

44,191

West Midlands

11,742

46,000

54,904

48,073

45,820

West Yorkshire

37,594

60,432

67,076

56,838

42,955

Wiltshire

21,693

39,680

51,085

48,368

50,230

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 June 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on speed limits: cameras, whether he has established a regular programme of evaluation of speed cameras. (280073)

The Department for Transport seeks to identify and disseminate examples of good practice across the road safety field generally. In addition, the Department's guidance on the use of safety cameras recommends that speed and collision data are collected by the partnerships and the contribution cameras make to casualty reduction monitored and reviewed, at least annually.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what guidance his Department issues to safety camera partnerships on their (a) expenditure on and (b) use of communications services. (280076)

The Department for Transport issued DFT Circular 01/2007, ‘Guidance on the Deployment of Speed and Red Light Cameras’ on 31 January 2007. The guidance was placed in the Libraries of the House and is also available on the Department's website. This recommends that partnerships proactively provide information about safety cameras, including their deployment and benefits, but do so as part of a wider approach to road safety related communications that aim to raise public awareness of behaviours that can cause casualties on the roads. Communications expenditure is entirely a matter for individual local partnerships using funds from their allocation of the Department's specific road safety grant.