More than half the fixed speed cameras in England and Wales don’t work at any one time, according to a new investigation conducted by Which?.
The investigation, in the February issue of Which? magazine, found that 53% of fixed cameras in England and Wales are not in operation at any one time.
However, this is not a repeat of the mass turn-off heavily reported last summer, when Oxfordshire stopped using all its cameras due to budget cuts. It is evidence of the different outlooks on the use of gatsos by different local authorities.
Speed camera operation
Our investigation found big differences in the number of speed cameras used by each of the 43 police authorities in England and Wales.
Sussex has 60 fixed speed cameras, and all of them are operational, while Lancashire, which has 287 fixed cameras, uses just 10% at any one time.
And four regions have no fixed speed cameras at all: Cleveland, Durham, North Yorkshire and Wiltshire.
All this means the chances of being caught speeding are dramatically different depending on the area.
Our investigation follows last month’s revelation that speed camera information could be made available to the general public.
Public opinion on speed cameras
Part of our investigation also included a survey of motorists’ opinions on the use speed cameras.
A vast majority of people (83%) said fixed speed cameras only stop people speeding at specific locations, and don’t change behaviour generally.
However, this conflicts with the RAC’s estimation that 800 more people would be killed or seriously injured on UK roads if all speed cameras were switched off.
The full investigation results are available in the February edition of Which?.
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