Leicestershire medium radars could be dismantled and moved to new routes
Medium radars covering a number of Leicestershire roads could be dismantled and moved to other locations.
Leicestershire County Council has a network of seven sets of cameras, and the latest figures show they caught more than 3,100 drivers breaking speed limits in a five-month period until the start of the last month (April).
However, some of the devices have proven to be more prolific than others in imposing penalties of £ 100 on violators, who also scored three points on their licenses.
Now County Hall’s road officials are deciding if they are all in the best spots or if they could be moved to new roads where traffic speed is an issue.
Between October 1 last year and the beginning of April this year, the average speed cameras on the A6 in Oadby were triggered only nine times.
On the B4144 at Sharnford, only 15 drivers were caught speeding.
Medium radars on Beacon Road at Woodhouse Eaves captured 35 speeders – just four more than cameras on the B676 at Freeby.
More drivers were caught on the A50 at Groby where 510 penalties were imposed.
Cameras from Burton Road, Measham, captured 1,001 drivers and 1,531 fines were imposed on those who rushed through Walcote.
Councilor Trevor Pendleton, a member of the County Council’s Conservative Transport Cabinet, said: “Cameras are popular. Most communities tell us they want them to deal with traffic speed.
“But we have to look at the numbers and decide if they’re all in the right places.
“Some will obviously stay where they are, but others may be moved.
“They have been in place since 2018 and we are reviewing them.
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“It’s all part of a bigger picture of how we deal with traffic speed.
“Everyone wants cameras, but they might not be the right solution for every stretch of road.”
County Council pays around £ 55,000 a year to operate and maintain the medium speed camera network, but the fines all go to the government.
The board has so far failed to persuade the Treasury to allow it to keep some of the cash to cover its costs, but says it will continue to lobby.
County Council Liberal Democrat opposition group leader Councilor Simon Galton said: “This is the same old piece of the Tories.
“They installed these cameras after the last election assuming the government was just going to turn around and let them keep some of the fines.
“The government has been very clear that this is part of the national income and therefore Leicestershire cannot have it.
“Cameras are popular, but the Conservative administration was wrong about how they could be funded.”
Coun Max Hunt is the transport spokesperson for the Labor Group at County Hall.
He said: “The risk of moving the cameras is that some communities will feel like they are being ignored and their speed issues are not taken seriously.”