More Than Half of Speed Cameras Used by UK Police ‘Do Not Work’

    Data has revealed that more than half of the fixed speed cameras on British roads do not work.

    Figures that were released by 36 UK police forces revealed that of the total number of speed cameras in the country only 52% are activated and can detect speeding drivers.

    According to information that was gathered by the Press Association, 13 stations had less than half of their cameras working actively, and various police forces have switched off all their cameras.

    Durham and North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, and Cleveland were the forces that had switched off cameras.

    Northamptonshire Police stated that it had turned off all its fixed cameras since 2011 but left the devices up to prevent drivers from speeding.

    In response to a Freedom of Information request that was sent to all 45 police forces in the United Kingdom, only 36 responded detailing whether or not their cameras were switched on.

    The FOI did not include details on other speeding sensor devices that are utilised by police forces such as mobile devices.

    Staffordshire Police has confirmed that it has 272 cameras. However, only 14 units are switched on.

    West Derbyshire stated that it only had 10 active cameras out of 112.

    A spokesperson for the National Police Chiefs’ Council stated that the decision of the forces to make use of cameras was “an operational matter,” adding that “all forces have individual responsibility for their use of speed cameras.”

    The president of the AA, Edmund King, added: “Many of the empty yellow cases are due to cuts in road safety grants and the fact that digital cameras, although more effective, are very expensive.

    “It is also reflective of the fact that proceeds from cameras are no longer allowed to be ring-fenced to be reinvested into yet more cameras as now all the money goes to the Treasury.”

    However, King warned that drivers should not assume that cameras are not working.

    He said that “Drivers who play Russian roulette with fixed-site speed cameras are playing a dangerous game. Our advice is stick to the limits rather than gambling on the yellow boxes.”

    The co-founder of lobby group Safe Speed, Claire Armstrong, stated: “Forces are conning the public into thinking cameras are there for road safety because, if they really thought that, every single one of them would be on.

    “They are a flawed road safety policy and the only way to truly improve that is with more traffic police officers on the roads.”

    She continued: “I am glad there are only 52 percent working – and we’d actually like to see less.”