Safety Cameras Consultation

Safety Camera





Since their widespread introduction in the UK in 1992, safety cameras (or 'speed' cameras, as they are more commonly referred to) have always been a contentious subject and never more so, it seems, than now, with cameras being set ablaze by protestors and the advent of a new dangerous roads hotline last month, designed to ensure that cameras are placed in locations where they are seen to be most needed.

The Government is proposing a new system of 'fairer' speeding fines, which could range from £40 and two penalty points for lesser offences, up to £100 and six penalty points for speeding way above the limit. Currently, drivers get a £60 fine and three penalty points for each speeding offence.

MPs have voted to ban devices which detect speed cameras and guns. The Road Safety Bill was given an unopposed third reading by the Commons and sent to the Lords. It could become law in 2006. It outlaws detectors that warn motorists as they approach working cameras and mobile speed traps. Detectors which alert drivers only of fixed camera sites would remain legal. Do you think that safety cameras are a help or a hazard? Have your say now by completing the survey and taking part in the discussion


  • Opened
    18 Apr 2010 at 00:00
  • Closes
    18 Nov 2098 at 23:59
  • Response to be published
    19 Nov 2099

Consultation Documents

Supporting Documents

  • Road Safety - Updating the legal component
    Presentation given by David Jamieson to the House of Commons Transport Committee (PowerPoint) 21st February 2005
  • Road Safety Bill
    The Road Safety Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 30 November 2004 and contains a raft of measures designed to help achieve those targets and improve safety on Britain's roads.