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Press Association study shows UK police forces turn off speed cameras

GatsoA survey conducted by the Press Association has revealed many of the UK’s police forces have disabled their roadside speed cameras. Using Freedom of Information laws, the association asked the UK’s police forces and their speed camera providers to provide information on how many were disabled.

A total of 36 of the 45 forces responded to the request. The 36 forces have a collection of 2,838 cameras between them. Of these, 1,486 are out of action. This equates to 48 per cent of the available speed cameras.

The proportion of disabled cameras is not county specific and there are huge variations in which ones are active. Figures for Cleveland, Durham, Northamptonshire and North Yorkshire show none of their cameras were turned on.

In Derbyshire and Staffordshire, less than 10 per cent of their cameras are working. Derbyshire reported that 10 out its 112 devices are operational while in Staffordshire the figure was 14 out of 272.

In comparison, figures supplied by the likes of London’s speed camera operators, Northern Ireland and Nottinghamshire show every single one of their cameras are operating. Forces with few, or none, of their gatso devices working say the sight of the intimidating boxes deters drivers from speeding.

Some of the forces say their fixed gatsos are disabled, but that does not mean officers are not out and about snaring errant motorists with mobile devices. A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesperson said it was up to the county constabularies whether they utilised speed cameras.

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