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Press Release: Greed Cameras Exposed in New Police Watchdog Report

By 17th July 2020 2 Comments

ISSUE DATE: 16 July 2020

Once again what the ABD has been saying for decades now has been corroborated: the UK road “safety” industry has degenerated into a tawdry “dash-for-cash”, due to its myopic – and factually incorrect – focus on speed as if it were the ONLY cause of road accidents.

See: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8527263/Speed-cameras-used-police-councils-good-hunting-grounds-watchdog-report-reveals.html, which quotes a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/ In fact, most road accidents are not the result of exceeding the speed limit; but are in fact caused (below) by observation failures, inattention and distraction.

Fatal and serious injury road accidents where illegal speed is a factor (above) also invariably feature a cocktail of drugs, alcohol and crime; so are not amenable to automated enforcement. 

The fundamental problem with the current system is that no one is regulating enforcement operations; which have been subverted into a giant revenue-generating Wurlitzer for camera partnerships, awareness course providers and councils (see: https://www.speed-awareness.org/).

What is actually needed is for speed limits to exclusively be set using the 85th Percentile principle. To effect this we need the creation of an independent and objective Road Accident Investigation and Prevention body, composed exclusively of ex-marine and -aviation accident investigation personnel.

This body would be tasked with investigating and determining the primary causes of road accidents, and how these can best be addressed to prevent/ reduce their future incidence. It would also have responsibility for setting speed limits according to best practice (85th percentile) principles. A further role would involve policing enforcement practices via unannounced, random spot-check inspections and audits (as is the case with e.g., school inspections & Monopolies Commission investigations). 

2 Comments

  • David drinkel says:

    It’s about time something was done about this plus all the other cash cow schemes targeting motorists

  • Dave Sklenar says:

    The biggest scam is the bus lane scam, here in Gloucestershire the Local authorities have enforcement camera’s on roads that are not on a bus route and only open to traffic to make money, on another road the bus lane was unlawfully altered to make it more difficult to avoid Gloucestershire County Council are making £5 million GP PA and it has nothing to do with safety / traffic flow / environment it’s all about the money, the Road Traffic Act 2004 is being totally exploited to make money.

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