Speed camera loophole

PUBLISHED: 04:48 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:55 24 May 2010

SPEED cameras that were put in before the Government's safety laws are still being used in North Somerset and Sedgemoor to fine hundreds of motorists. The cameras were put up by local authorities before tough Government guidelines were introduced and are

SPEED cameras that were put in before the Government's safety laws are still being used in North Somerset and Sedgemoor to fine hundreds of motorists.The cameras were put up by local authorities before tough Government guidelines were introduced and are still being used through a loophole in the law.Fixed cameras can now only be put up at a site if there has been at least four crashes involving a death or serious injury in the last three years.Cameras put up between 1992 and 1998 are still allowed to be operated, even if they fall below the Government criteria.Avon and Somerset Safety Camera Partnership inherited 11 cameras from local authorities in North Somerset and Sedgemoor in 2002.Nigel Humphreys, Somerset representative of the Association of British Drivers, said: "The partnership is set up to make revenue. It needs a steady increase of money to run and that's why it uses these cameras that were put up before 1998."People find it hard to believe that they're not just out to make money when they still use theses sites."Dave Gollicker of Avon and Somerset Safety Camera Partnership, said: "These cameras have reduced the number of incidents on the roads. Camera sites are there as a deterrent. It could become a dormant site where a camera has achieved its goals.

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