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pillboxman
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:22 am    Post subject: Somerset Speed Cameras Reply with quote

Hi everyone

the FIXED speed cameras in Somerset are being switched off today - http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/8944924.Somerset_speed_camera_switch_off_today/?ref=eb

But mobile cameras are still being used at 40 locations - http://www.safecam.org.uk/community_concern_sites/
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Somerset Speed Cameras Reply with quote

pillboxman wrote:
the FIXED speed cameras in Somerset are being switched off today - http://www.somersetcountygazette.co.uk/news/8944924.Somerset_speed_camera_switch_off_today/?ref=eb

But mobile cameras are still being used at 40 locations - http://www.safecam.org.uk/community_concern_sites/

It's bizarre. They claim lack of cash to fund the SCP's and to explain the switch-off yet continue to find the cash for mobile camera vans.

Now I'm no expert but once a camera has been purchased, I can't see it costing much to run. And even less if it's just left there in dummy mode with no camera fitted.

How can it be less expensive to operate one or more camera vans that require staff, vehicle maintenance, fuel etc?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:49 pm    Post subject: Re: Somerset Speed Cameras Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
It's bizarre. They claim lack of cash to fund the SCP's and to explain the switch-off yet continue to find the cash for mobile camera vans.
Simples. The CC are saving money by binning the cams and SCPs. The police are funding their mobiles. Different budget Very Happy

Darren wrote:
Now I'm no expert but once a camera has been purchased, I can't see it costing much to run. And even less if it's just left there in dummy mode with no camera fitted.
How can it be less expensive to operate one or more camera vans that require staff, vehicle maintenance, fuel etc?
First point:- Agreed. Second point:- It can't be less expensive, can it Shocked But the police have not said that they would continue with the SCP vans, only 'mobile cameras'. Probably plod witl LTi20-20

edit (But you knew that anyway Twisted Evil )
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: Somerset Speed Cameras Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
How can it be less expensive to operate one or more camera vans that require staff, vehicle maintenance, fuel etc?

Call me cynical but... the answer may be that the SCP needs to find a way to get rid of the old static cameras without suggesting that they dont work.

In some cases (Oxfordshire) the cameras still use wet film. That means that they would need be to serviced more often than the new digital ones.

Probably the most important factor for the SCPs wanting to get rid of the cameras is that they no longer generate revenue as everyone knows where they are.

The future for speed cameras has to be the average speed cams over proven sections of road with high accident rates, backed up by mobile cameras on random schedules.
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