Concern over Tory hostility towards urban speed cameras
Photo grewlike/Flickr A future Conservative government will stop life-saving speed cameras
A Conservative government will refuse to fund any more fixed speed cameras in urban areas, shadow transport minister Theresa Villiers has told her party conference.
The ban would include average speed cameras on urban roads, which are arguably the most cost-effective means of enforcing 20mph limits. Their prohibition would effectively prevent the establishment of area-wide 20mph limits.
LCC cycling development officer Charlie Lloyd said: “Area-wide 20mph policies reduce serious injury to cyclists and other vulnerable road users. Faster motor traffic creates hostile environments for walkers and cyclists."
Labour Transport Minister Lord Adonis highlighted that under a Conservative mayor, the Met Police and Transport for London have requested more direct funding for their Safety Camera partnership.
National and regional policies out of step
Charlie Lloyd added, “There seems to be confusion between the Shadow Transport Secretary's plans and those of Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson over the best way to reduce danger on our roads.”
However, Villiers announced the party will speed up permission for the Mayor’s 'turn left on red' experiment for London cyclists. She also voiced support for more traffic police and education to reduce danger on the roads.
To view Villiers' speech visit: http://tinyurl.com/y9dowo9