Replace Speed Cameras with ANPR Cameras

With some authorties removing speed cameras altogether perhaps a better solution would be to convert all speed cameras to ANPR cameras and catch  uninsured untaxed vehicles and possibly unlicensed drivers.

With modern technology the Cameras could be linked by radio to the national computer and a message sent out to police vehicles in the area of "suspicious vehicles." a patrol car in the area could then intercept and investgate, assuming it wasn't on more important business.

 

speed cameras could then possibly be replace by flashing "overspeed" warning signs.   

Why is this idea important?

With some authorties removing speed cameras altogether perhaps a better solution would be to convert all speed cameras to ANPR cameras and catch  uninsured untaxed vehicles and possibly unlicensed drivers.

With modern technology the Cameras could be linked by radio to the national computer and a message sent out to police vehicles in the area of "suspicious vehicles." a patrol car in the area could then intercept and investgate, assuming it wasn't on more important business.

 

speed cameras could then possibly be replace by flashing "overspeed" warning signs.   

Abolish Speed cameras

Originally, speeding enforcement was a valuable service provided by trained Police officers, who usually tagetted stretches of road that were known to be dangerous, or residential roads where persistent anti-social driving was causing local residents distress.

With the advent of the speed camera and the subsequent "hypothecation" scheme brought in by the last Government (where local councils and Police were allowed to keep a portion of the money raised from speeding fines), speeding enforcement became a form of stealth taxation and was utterly abused.  The targets were no longer the most dangerous roads, where all but the reckless were cutting their speed anyway, but on the safest roads where the "Safety Camera Partnerships" could expect large numbers of people safely exceeding the posted speed limit by a small margin.

As peoples' driving habits adapted to the new hazard that the Government had introduced to our roads, an "Arms War" ensued, with the Partnerships using ever more surreptitious means, hiding cameras, installing deliberately confusing signage and even reducing the speed limits themselves to ridiculous levels, to maintain their income stream from otherwise perfectly law-abiding, safe drivers.

All of the evidence presented by the Partnerships for the safety benefit of wide-scale idiscriminate  Speed Camera use, with only a few exceptions, have turned out to be fraudulent; employing statistical "tricks" (such as the well known "Regression to the Mean" to overexaggerate the number of accidents supposedly prevented at Sped Camera sites.

As a result of all this flagrant abuse, speeding enforcement, particularly through the use of automated Cameras, has lost virtually all credibility with the population of the UK.

Ironically, speed cameras are now not even a profitable form of taxation, owing to the huge cost of purchasing, siting and maintaining the cameras, and collecting the fines, which, as with any unfair tax, have a huge nonpayment rate.

Speed cameras serve no useful purpose in this Country and must be abolished, except perhaps at specific sites where there is overwhelming Public demand, and even then only as a last resort after other safety measures have been considered.

Why is this idea important?

Originally, speeding enforcement was a valuable service provided by trained Police officers, who usually tagetted stretches of road that were known to be dangerous, or residential roads where persistent anti-social driving was causing local residents distress.

With the advent of the speed camera and the subsequent "hypothecation" scheme brought in by the last Government (where local councils and Police were allowed to keep a portion of the money raised from speeding fines), speeding enforcement became a form of stealth taxation and was utterly abused.  The targets were no longer the most dangerous roads, where all but the reckless were cutting their speed anyway, but on the safest roads where the "Safety Camera Partnerships" could expect large numbers of people safely exceeding the posted speed limit by a small margin.

As peoples' driving habits adapted to the new hazard that the Government had introduced to our roads, an "Arms War" ensued, with the Partnerships using ever more surreptitious means, hiding cameras, installing deliberately confusing signage and even reducing the speed limits themselves to ridiculous levels, to maintain their income stream from otherwise perfectly law-abiding, safe drivers.

All of the evidence presented by the Partnerships for the safety benefit of wide-scale idiscriminate  Speed Camera use, with only a few exceptions, have turned out to be fraudulent; employing statistical "tricks" (such as the well known "Regression to the Mean" to overexaggerate the number of accidents supposedly prevented at Sped Camera sites.

As a result of all this flagrant abuse, speeding enforcement, particularly through the use of automated Cameras, has lost virtually all credibility with the population of the UK.

Ironically, speed cameras are now not even a profitable form of taxation, owing to the huge cost of purchasing, siting and maintaining the cameras, and collecting the fines, which, as with any unfair tax, have a huge nonpayment rate.

Speed cameras serve no useful purpose in this Country and must be abolished, except perhaps at specific sites where there is overwhelming Public demand, and even then only as a last resort after other safety measures have been considered.

I want my Country back you dont own it we the people do!

Get rid of most CCTV

Get rid of ANPR

Get rid of DNA and other databases

Get rid of speed cameras

Get rid of SORN (DVLA)

Scrap ID cards and Bio passports

Deport all known terror suspects

Get out of the EU

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of most CCTV

Get rid of ANPR

Get rid of DNA and other databases

Get rid of speed cameras

Get rid of SORN (DVLA)

Scrap ID cards and Bio passports

Deport all known terror suspects

Get out of the EU

Increase motorway speed limits to 80 or 90mph

Speed limits are exactly that – limits. When learning to drive you are constantly informed about this and told to drive at a reasonable speed – either at the limit or below. I am fine with this. What I am not fine with is the limit of otherwise well maintained, long and straight roads, free of potholes, well sign posted but with archaic speed LIMITS of 70mph – that we call motorways. We all know that modern cars can travel at speeds probably double this but what makes modern motoring different to when I was driving as a young lad is that cars are better maintained and, for example, can easily drive at high speed without steering wheel judder; not being able to brake properly (old Mini, for example); presence of ABS almost as standard these days etc etc.

If common sense prevailed, limits should be 80 or 90 (mph) on motorways and the decision of what speed to drive left to the driver (taking into consideration road conditions, weather, number of cars on the road etc.) I appreciate that faster speeds mean more CO2 but at 3am on the M5 going south to Devon, why is it that 70mph is even a moderately acceptable limit!?!?!?!

Why is this idea important?

Speed limits are exactly that – limits. When learning to drive you are constantly informed about this and told to drive at a reasonable speed – either at the limit or below. I am fine with this. What I am not fine with is the limit of otherwise well maintained, long and straight roads, free of potholes, well sign posted but with archaic speed LIMITS of 70mph – that we call motorways. We all know that modern cars can travel at speeds probably double this but what makes modern motoring different to when I was driving as a young lad is that cars are better maintained and, for example, can easily drive at high speed without steering wheel judder; not being able to brake properly (old Mini, for example); presence of ABS almost as standard these days etc etc.

If common sense prevailed, limits should be 80 or 90 (mph) on motorways and the decision of what speed to drive left to the driver (taking into consideration road conditions, weather, number of cars on the road etc.) I appreciate that faster speeds mean more CO2 but at 3am on the M5 going south to Devon, why is it that 70mph is even a moderately acceptable limit!?!?!?!

INCREASE DRINK DRIVING LIMIT

I'm not going to start saying we should be allowed to drink a skinful and then drive after. However, not being allowed to drive after 2 pints is ludicrously over the top. Reaction times aren't seriously reduced and there are a lot of very safe drivers out there who could drive safely after 3 or 4 pints so lets just up the limit a little and enable Brits to enjoy themselves again.

Why is this idea important?

I'm not going to start saying we should be allowed to drink a skinful and then drive after. However, not being allowed to drive after 2 pints is ludicrously over the top. Reaction times aren't seriously reduced and there are a lot of very safe drivers out there who could drive safely after 3 or 4 pints so lets just up the limit a little and enable Brits to enjoy themselves again.

Abolish the technology that enables tracking citizens’ movements nationwide

I am unsure whether this was ever actually introduced in legislation or whether it has just happened via 'technology creep' under Labour – if so then it certainly should NOT have been allowed!

As any driver will know, virtually every A-road and motorway in the UK is now covered by a very generous number of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras.

ANPR cameras were originally introduced as a simple, mobile, way for the police to identify tax / MOT / insurance 'dodgers' – to which I have no objection at all. However, there are now thousands (more likely tens of thousands) of these cameras at fixed installations throughout the country, whose primary purpose is clearly nothing to do with catching the aforementioned 'heinous criminals(???)' .

What is NOT generally publicised is that all of these cameras are linked back to a central database and, every time a car passes one of them, details of the date, time and location are logged (possibly with a photo of the front-seat occupants, but I have no definite knowledge of this). This effectively means that the police / HMG / anyone else with access to the system can track the location and movements of every car in the country and, by extrapolation, the movements of their owners.

This level of monitoring clearly has nothing whatever to do with 'tax dodgers' and can only have been set up with the explicit intention of being able to track the entire population's movements. No doubt introduced at the behest of the Police as part of the 'war on terror' – which was the previous Government's excuse for every piece of new legislation that reduced our privacy.

Why is this idea important?

I am unsure whether this was ever actually introduced in legislation or whether it has just happened via 'technology creep' under Labour – if so then it certainly should NOT have been allowed!

As any driver will know, virtually every A-road and motorway in the UK is now covered by a very generous number of ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras.

ANPR cameras were originally introduced as a simple, mobile, way for the police to identify tax / MOT / insurance 'dodgers' – to which I have no objection at all. However, there are now thousands (more likely tens of thousands) of these cameras at fixed installations throughout the country, whose primary purpose is clearly nothing to do with catching the aforementioned 'heinous criminals(???)' .

What is NOT generally publicised is that all of these cameras are linked back to a central database and, every time a car passes one of them, details of the date, time and location are logged (possibly with a photo of the front-seat occupants, but I have no definite knowledge of this). This effectively means that the police / HMG / anyone else with access to the system can track the location and movements of every car in the country and, by extrapolation, the movements of their owners.

This level of monitoring clearly has nothing whatever to do with 'tax dodgers' and can only have been set up with the explicit intention of being able to track the entire population's movements. No doubt introduced at the behest of the Police as part of the 'war on terror' – which was the previous Government's excuse for every piece of new legislation that reduced our privacy.

Removal of Speed cameras and ANPR devices

speed cameras have never been and never will be used for road safety, they are used as revenue generating devices. ANPR also erodes civil liberties since cars are tarcked, this is suppossed to help with the percieved terrorist threat, and how real is that? Something just cooked up by the state so we can be watched…

 

Why is this idea important?

speed cameras have never been and never will be used for road safety, they are used as revenue generating devices. ANPR also erodes civil liberties since cars are tarcked, this is suppossed to help with the percieved terrorist threat, and how real is that? Something just cooked up by the state so we can be watched…