Support for change on speed cameras is a start, but 20s plenty is still needed

Over 1,000 signatures have been collected in Oldham and Stockport to support the Liberal Democrat campaign to allow speed safety measures to be more readily introduced in accident hotspots across Greater Manchester.

The petition, which will be presented to Safer Roads Greater Manchester and the Department of Transport, calls for guidance to be amended so that there is no longer a requirement for three separate incidents resulting in death or serious injury before a fixed speed camera can be installed.

Local Liberal Democrat Councillor Sam Al-Hamdani said: “Everyone knows where the local safety hotspots are near them – that’s why nearly 300 people in my ward have signed a petition to get safety improvements on Cooper Street, where cars have been recorded travelling at over 70mph in a 30mph zone outside two schools.

“I am delighted that Oldham Council has supported our motion to get these rules improved, although disappointed that once more the Labour party has rejected 20s plenty – a proven, effective safety measure that the Government has already agreed should be introduced.”

The motion to Council, which called for the guidance for speed cameras to be changed, and to reinforce the need for TfGM to replace any non-working cameras across the area, despite opposition from the Conservative Councillors. 

Councillor Al-Hamdani added: “I am somewhat at a loss to understand why the Conservative group opposed having the option to introduce safety measures where there is evidence and community support for them, and for getting existing speed cameras working. Nevertheless, I am glad that we were able to echo the views of those 1,000+ signatories, and that the Council will be writing to Safer Road Greater Manchester to endorse these safety improvements.”

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