Sunday, 13 April 2014

Average speed cameras could come to Solihull

AVERAGE speed cameras could be introduced in Solihull as part of plans to return the devices to the borough.


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Five cameras are to be set up in the borough in a pilot scheme after 304 were switched off in the West Midlands last April beause of funding cuts.

Bosses then said it would be too expensive to buy and process film for the devices but are now looking at new digital cameras or converting film cameras to digital.

Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and West Midlands Police are behind the £430,000 project.

A Solihull council report said: “One type of digital fixed spot camera has the potential to be deployed in existing camera housings and the pilot scheme will consider the upgrading of the existing wet film sites to digital technology.

“However, the procurement process will enable suppliers to propose the equipment that it most appropriate and may include average speed enforcement camera equipment to control vehicle speeds on some lengths of road.”

It said the pilot aims “to support the reduction of road  casualties and deter speeding on West Midlands roads as well as informing and educating people of the benefits that digital technology can bring in reducing road traffic collisions”.

Collisions drop at speed camera sites by 30 to 35 per cent within three years on installation, it says. Seven cameras will be installed in Birmingham.

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