Oxfordshire County have made it clear that they intend to take every measure they can to live within their deeply cut budgets, soon to be cut even further, like every authority in the UK. The sharpness of cuts has not yet been felt. Oxfordshire’s current contribution to living within their budget is to dispose of the responsibility for the speed cameras in the county.
While authorities have had the responsibility to service and maintain the speed cameras in their zones, it seems that there has been little or no benefit from the fines raised. That money has been diverted to Central Government. Swindon, in Wiltshire has already abandoned the maintenance of speed cameras.
Oxfordshire has stated clearly that their choice is between speed cameras and supporting their children’s services and children’s safety. There was clearly no competition.
I can hardly believe the reduction in the Exchequer’s money grab, (a large one) through fines, was intended. Once the level of reduction in fines income is felt, and clearly it is starting to happen, what then?