Speed cameras switched off to save costs

Speed cameras have been switched off in part of the UK because they are too costly to run.

The last of the West Midlands' 304 fixed cameras ceased operating today following a decision by West Midlands Police last year.

The decision has the backing of the region's councils which make up the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership Board, with the police now using mobile speed cameras instead.

Speed cameras have been switched off in part of the UK. Credit: PA Wire

Budget cuts are at the heart of decision says West Midlands Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth.

It has been the force's job to manage and pay to run the sites, including traffic light cameras, with councils paying for maintenance.

However, the cash-strapped local authorities balked at the estimated £580,000 cost of upgrading the cameras to digital film, and do not have the money to continue running them. Removing the cameras would cost £600,000.

The police are now using mobile cameras at speeding hotspots across Birmingham, Coventry, and the Black Country.