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Town hall bosses scrap ‘cash cow’ speed cameras

Ray Massey
UK Daily Mail [1]
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008

A town is planning to scrap ‘cash cow’ speed cameras because they are a ‘blatant tax on the motorist’.

The move by Swindon Borough Council would make it the first in the UK to ditch the devices.

Town hall bosses say the £60 speeding penalty fine is ‘snatched’ by the Treasury and the council does not receive a penny.

Many of the town’s speed cameras are not in use because the council believes it should receive the revenue, not the Government.

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Now the Tory-run local authority has announced plans to end its contract with the Wiltshire and Swindon Safety Camera Partnership.

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The partnership, which has been running for five years, operates 16 fixed speed cameras, three red-light cameras and other mobile traps.

But the council claims that the £320,000 it pays into the partnership each year should be spent on cheaper road-safety schemes such as better street lighting and improved road surfaces.

Tory councillor Peter Greenhalgh said: ‘These are far more effective than speed cameras which, I feel, are a blatant tax on the motorist.’

‘There are much more important things we as a council should do instead of acting as a law enforcement arm of this Government.’

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