Nearly half of speed cameras DO NOT work amid ‘postcode lottery’

Almost half of Britain’s fixed speed cameras are not working – four regions with no working speed cameras, according to a survey published today.

Some 523 out of 1,092 fixed speed cameras in 26 police areas are down – none working in North Yorkshire, Durham and Northamptonshire.

Wiltshire also has no fixed or mobile cameras but uses handheld devices, according to data from a Freedom of Information Act request by BBC Panorama.

The AA said there was a ‘postcode lottery’ over whether drivers would be caught amid fears the situation was affecting safety by increasing motorist complacency.

The question will be explored in a Panorama documentary on BBC One at 7.30pm tonight called “Britain’s Killer Roads?” which will examine the state of the road police.

Almost half of UK fixed speed cameras are not working, survey finds (file image)

Some areas began decommissioning speed cameras a decade ago to reduce operating costs when they became too expensive to replace after a change in funding.

Drivers who commit a speeding offense face a £100 fine and three penalty points, but can instead take a speed awareness course if they have a clean licence.

It comes as the failure to reduce road fatalities over the past decade was linked to a reduction in the number of dedicated traffic officers.

According to other figures obtained by the program, there has been a 15% drop in the number of full-time traffic enforcement officers since 2016.

AA President Edmund King says Britain’s road death toll each year is ‘a scandal’

Meanwhile, the number of people killed each year on Britain’s roads has remained stable between 2010 and 2019, after three decades of decline.

Deaths rose from 1,752 in 2019 to around 1,460 in 2020, but that was attributed to coronavirus lockdowns.

AA President Edmund King said the deaths were “an outrage” and “totally unnecessary”. He added: “We have safer vehicles. We should have safer roads and safer drivers.

Mr King warned that some drivers would ‘take more risks’ if they thought they would ‘get away with traffic offences’ due to a lack of enforcement.

There has been a 15% drop in the number of full-time traffic enforcement officers since 2016, according to figures obtained by BBC Panorama (stock image)

He said: “Cops in the cars are essential. We have found a correlation between the leveling off of road deaths and the decline in the number of dedicated traffic officers.

“We should reverse this decline as traffic policing is needed in this national crisis with five people dying on our roads daily.

Figures from 34 forces that responded to Freedom of Information requests from Panorama show that the total number of dedicated traffic officers they employed rose from 5,014 in 2016 to 4,257 currently.

Panorama – Britain’s killer roads? will air on BBC One at 7.30pm tonight

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