People have good cause to disbelieve speed camera’s are for safety not tax collection.

Letter to the Daily Express:

Original:

I don’t, thankfully, live near the M25 and have no intention of risking entering it, but I felt some antagonism to the report on the new grey, variable speed camera’s destined for it.
The statement that their deployment was about safety, rather than raising revenue, immediately activated my scepticism switch.
I assume that the variability relates to changes in speed limits, at different times of day, and I instantly envisaged a cartoon image of all the traffic suddenly slamming their brakes on as local commuters responded to their car alarm clocks.
The spokesperson who made the denial is obviously aware of public perception of the true purpose of speed camera’s and I have no doubt that there will be numerous stories of visitor’s to London falling foul of this safety innovation: Adding to that public perception.
We do not yet have temporally changing speed limits, in this part of the Country, but we do have country lanes with speed limits, changing on different, apparently identical sections.

It is noticeable that higher speed sections have multiple signs but the lowered speed sections have just the one sign, immediately prior to a camera. Very noticeable on the road into Blackpool.

Liverpool has its own idiosyncracy, with almost all urban dual carriageways having a 30mph limit, often with just one sign, at just one end and on one side of the road.
A sceptic would think that if safety was the main consideration, then there would be as many 30mph signs along the long, wide, straight sections of urban dual carriageway, as there are near Council offices.

Camera vans, posted on those stretches, catching unwary visitor’s, can’t possibly be as effective as a few extra speed signs.

Published version:

Don’t tell us new speed cameras are about safety
I DON’T, thankfully, live near the M25 and have no intention of entering it but I felt some antagonism to the report on the variable speed cameras destined for it (“Hard-to-spot grey, cameras to curb M-way speeding”, May 1).
The statement that their deployment was about safety, rather than raising revenue, immediately activated my scepticism switch.
The spokesperson who made the denial is obviously aware of public perception of the true purpose of speed cameras and I have no doubt that there will be numerous stories of visitors to London falling foul of this safety innovation, only adding to that public perception.

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