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UK Speed Enforcement – Update

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Over the last 12 months there has been a degree of turmoil amongst UK Speed Enforcement Bodies due to changes in government funding.

In some parts of the UK, the use of camera technology for enforcement was temporarily suspended although the technology was left operational. The statistics captured where this occurred, showed both a marked increase in the number of enforceable events – up by 88% – and regrettably an increase in deaths and serious injuries.

Clearly, speed enforcement is needed unless the UK wants to see an increase in speed related road traffic injuries.

The work that ACPO have been doing has seen a move towards using education of the driver via speed awareness courses as opposed to straight forward fines and penalty points for speed offences.

Whilst this in itself has helped to ease the budget pressures of the operators, ACPO have now published the guidance document for the outsourcing of safety camera operations and offence processing, which is expected to assist in creating a different business model for the future.

As a result of these initiatives, some of the operators are beginning to think about renewing investment in their infrastructure, particularly the use of digital equipment to replace existing wet film cameras.

With some of the world’s safest roads the enforcement of safe speeds will continue, but the business model employed to support the infrastructure and processing will change over the next few years.