Car insurance: Mayor looks to camera trials

Friday, 19 October 2007

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has stated that he plans to start introducing trials for 20mph limits in the capital next year.

Such a scheme will be launched using wireless speed cameras, the official said, which can be run at a lower cost than conventional technology, reports the Daily Mail.

Mr Livingstone noted that in a variety of areas where a 20mph threshold is already in place, the cameras have reduced accidents by 57 per cent.

"My broad view is that in a residential area, there should be a 20mph limit. That is what is about to be introduced where I live (in Cricklewood, north-west London) but it's being done with road humps," he commented.

He added that current preventatives, such as road humps, were generally an eyesore and "cheap" compared with other technology.

Deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea council Daniel Moylan disagreed with the recent plans from the government to introduce 20mph zones and instead called for greater interaction between road users on Radio 4.

Motorists who are spotted by speed cameras could find that their car insurance deals are adversely impacted upon.
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