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Councils lose out on speed camera revenue

Date: 02 April 2007

Controversial rules governing speed camera revenue have changed today.

Councils have, until now, benefited directly from speeding fines, but now fall under the ambit of central government.

Local authorities will instead receive only a portion of the substantial £110m fund to be spent on improving road safety.

The rule charge coincides with a relaxing in the criteria needed by councils to justify erecting a speed camera.

Meanwhile, Thames Valley Police are hunting for the thief who stole a £20,000 speed camera Thursday last week.

The fixed-site speed camera was situated on London Road in Sunningdale, Berkshire.

Inspector Malcolm Collis said: "The theft of this camera is disgraceful. It shows utter disregard for the safety of other road-users."

Witnesses are being urged to call the police force or contact Crimestoppers.