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APCO – Future for Speed Enforcement

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

ACPO have released the first output from their discussions with the Government about decisions taken earlier this year which affect the ability of Local Authorities to fund the existing operations of the various speed camera partnerships.

It is expected that the emphasis will change from a strategy firmly weighted towards penalty points and fixed penalty notices to a policy which encourages more use of speed awareness courses to help modify behaviour. The change is expected to help bridge the gap in funding that exists.

Other initiatives are being considered with a move to digital technology being seen as major step forward in both reducing operational running costs for local authorities whilst improving the ability to identify speeding infringements in more cases.

In addition some thought needs to be given on the organisation and running of the multiple groups with some industry members looking at schemes in Ireland and the US as a blueprint for the future.