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Birmingham speed cameras set to be switched back on

Even though it will not be the best news for a number of drivers, Sam at Car Hire Birmingham Airport will be pleased to make all car hire customers aware of the development.

A trial in Birmingham will begin next year involving a number of speed cameras in the city being turned back on. At a cost of £1 million Birmingham City Council is working alongside colleagues in Solihull and West Midlands Police to introduce digital cameras at sites where obsolete ‘wet film’ cameras were switched off last April.

Seven of the new cameras will be funded and placed in Birmingham, at a cost of £600,000. A further three will be placed in Solihull, which is spending £400,000 on the scheme.

All 305 of the region’s fixed speed and traffic light cameras were controversially turned off by West Midlands Police in March 2013. Since then, speed enforcement operations have been carried out by four mobile police camera units, fixed cameras on motorways and traffic officers on patrol.

Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety at Birmingham City Council, said “Road accidents continue to affect too many residents and visitors to the city.”

It is anticipated that the cameras will go live in August 2015 and the Mail understands that the sites of the new cameras will be made public. The pilot will finish in April 2017, ahead of possible further extensions to the scheme in the autumn of that year. The funds from all speeding fines are passed on to the Treasury with West Midlands Police only eligible for a share of funds generated from driver awareness courses.