Many van drivers have found their commercial vehicle insurance payments go up because of minor traffic offences recorded by fixed speed cameras. However, the collective sigh of relief from van drivers across the country at the demise of fixed position speed cameras may have been a little premature.
There is no doubt that drivers who earn a living traversing the roads of the UK were, in the main, delighted with the news that many local authorities were planning to turn off a great number of the speed deterrent cameras under their control. The planned turn off was in response to the cost cutting measures forced on them by the government and their cuts in the public purse.
The proposed turn off has prompted many protests from road safety groups who are concerned that deaths and serious injuries on Britain’s highways will once more start rising. Motoring organisations on the other hand have been in favour of the reduction in speed cameras and are keen to put forward the argument that the great majority of drivers in the UK are responsible motorists.
Although the demise of fixed position speed cameras seems assured, most police forces will still be operating mobile speed cameras which they believe are more successful in catching rogue van drivers and other motorists who are flouting many traffic laws and regulations.
It now appears that mobile cameras will have another partner in the fight against speeding drivers. A council in Wales worried about losing the fixed cameras in sensitive areas such as areas around schools are trialling a ‘lollicam’. The trial will take place in Flintshire and will work by installing a camera on the road patrol officers ‘lollipop’ which will be activated whenever the pole is grounded, which means that children are crossing and traffic should be stationary. The camera will record the registration number of any cars or vans not stopping and action will then be taken. At the moment the Road Patrol Officer can only take the registration number of law breaking motorists on paper, which is difficult as they are busy supervising children at the time.
The ‘lollicams’ could well catch on and the great number of motorists would probably see greater value in cameras recording traffic transgressions in areas around schools rather than on the ring roads surrounding our towns and cities.