FOUR fixed speed cameras could be permanently removed from Rotherham roads as part of a review of the roadside devices.
The cameras were turned off by South Yorkshire’s Safety Camera Partnership on Monday and speed survey equipment was put in place to monitor the effect of the move on drivers' speeds.
Cameras will be out of action on Fenton Road, Greasbrough; Sandygate, Wath; Barnsley Road, West Melton; and Bawtry Road, Hellaby, for six months initially.
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They will be permanently removed if drivers’ speeds do not rise
Other traffic calming measures may be put in place to tackle the problem of speeding motorists in future, however.
Chief Insp Stuart Walne, Head of Roads Policing for South Yorkshire Police, said: “The cameras are funded by the taxpayer and it is therefore important that they are strategically placed in the areas where they are needed most.
“Through this review we have identified sites that no longer meet our requirement criteria and will be reviewing these sites accordingly.
“Alternative solutions for decommissioned sites may include use of mobile camera vehicles instead of fixed site cameras, vehicle activated signs and road engineering solutions.”
A spokesman from the SYSCP this week insisted that the review of fixed camera use was not due to budget cuts.
He said: “The organisation is funded by local government and budgets were cut last year, and again this year, but this review was scheduled 18 months ago—long before the cuts. This is not a budgeting issue.”
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