Greater Manchester’s speed cameras have been criticised for “falling behind” after it was revealed more than a hundred cameras are inactive.
The Oldham Times reports Local councillor Howard Sykes, who sits on Greater Manchester’s transport Committee criticised the situation saying, “Speed cameras are put in place for a very good reason. Not only do they prevent accidents, but they also save lives.”
Transport for Greater Manchester said speed camera enforcement is a ‘last resort,’ with other engineering solution considered in order to maintain public support for enforcement, but that it is replacing them across the city-region.
The newspaper says that in many cases, cameras have been said to have been left disconnected, having never been updated with newer, digital cameras.
A total of 147 cameras across Greater Manchester are due to be replaced by Spring 2024.
A TfGM spokesperson told the Oldham Times: “The Safer Roads Partnership is committed to reducing incidents of speeding across Greater Manchester and uses a range of tactics to do so.
“Speed camera provision in Oldham and Greater Manchester remains an effective tool in helping to reduce the risk of danger presented by speeding motorists.
“However, it should be noted that fixed roadside safety cameras enforcement should be considered as a last resort, after the speed limit has been reviewed in line with DfT guidance and all other engineering solutions have been considered, to maintain public support for enforcement.”
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