Thursday, 19 August 2010

Speed cameras to slow you down?

I was quoted in the Evening Standard yesterday for my view on speed cameras to govern 20mph zones.

This is a long-running issue and my thoughts are two-fold.

Firstly, 20mph zones bring a variety of issues for road safety (and not all good). The roads should be self-governing anyway since various traffic calming measures are introduced.

Secondly, I'm really worried about TFL's 'mission creep'. It starts out with security cameras and then become an ANPR network. These 20mph cameras will come in and then they are monitoring who was where, doing what and for how long. In addition, it's a cinch to bring in road tolling with this kind of network.

We don't want tolls but Boris and the TFL might have different ideas.

Here's what I said:

The campaigner known as “Captain Gatso”, from Motorists Against Detection, said: “Twenty and 30mph zones should already be self-policing because of traffic-calming measures. Average speed cameras are just another idea to keep the gravy train running for TfL.”

Read the Evening Standard story.

Captain Gatso

The Motorists Friend

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