In an initiative which could open a proverbial can of worms, British Road Safety Minister Mike Penning has put forward a plan to force local authorities and the police to publish full information about speed cameras.
Data would include accident rates at camera sites, a tally of vehicle speeds and the amount of drivers actually prosecuted or even offered training after committing speeding offences.
“Public bodies should be accountable and if taxpayers’ money is being spent on speed cameras then it is right that information about their effectiveness is available to the public,” said Mike Penning.
“The proposals I have announced today will help show what impact cameras are having on accident and casualty rates and also how the police are dealing with offenders.”
“This is in line with our commitment to improve transparency of government data so that the public are able to make more informed judgements about the work of local and central government.”
The move may help Britons to see if, in fact, speed cameras do save lives and how the public is benefitting from their use. At this stage it’s only a proposal, and forgive us for sounding negative, but it’s doubtful whether it will go through.
The Australian public would surely benefit from such an initiative, but we’d like to hear from you whether you think it would ever get off the ground in this country.