New ASE cameras will be installed and switched on in Birmingham and Solihull on Monday 8 August, it has been confirmed.
A plan to reintroduce camera speed enforcement on the roads of Birmingham and Solihull was formally agreed late last year and now the final preparations are complete, the cameras are ready to be installed after three years since obsolete wet film devices were last used locally.
Project partners from Birmingham City Council (BCC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), West Midlands Police (WMP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have decided to adopt a system using average speed cameras because historically compliance with speed limits is far better than with mobile or fixed-point cameras.
The new cameras detect vehicles through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between defined points of a known distance apart. A clear signing strategy is used to inform drivers that they are entering an average speed control zone.
Superintendent Kerry Blakeman, from West Midlands Police, said: "Our intention is for people to adhere to the speed limit. Those who exceed the limit will have to attend a speed awareness course where they will be educated about the dangers of speeding or face either an appearance at court or a fine and points on their licence.
We hope that the presence of these highly visible cameras will ensure that road users comply with the set limits on roads in Birmingham and Solihull."
Latest figures show that in the years 2010-2014, there were 2,356 people killed or seriously injured in Birmingham and Solihull, an average of 471.2 per year.
Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said: "I want a clear message to be heard by the region’s motorists − I’m not Bob Geldof, I don’t want you to "give us your money", I just want you to comply with the speed limits that are there to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads of Birmingham and Solihull.
"Most people will see no impact to their overall journey time as this is all about enforcing speed limits that already exist on the roads in question − all of which are routes with a significant record for accidents historically.
"It will only be the minority who continually exceed the speed limit and endanger others who will be caught by our adoption of this new modern technology."
The cameras will be located across Birmingham and Solihull and will be operational for a term of five years. There will be an initial 21-month evaluation phase to assess the effectiveness of the cameras, equipment and the overall system. The initial pilot at these routes will do much to help inform the wider efforts to make the region’s roads as safe as they can possibly be.
Cllr Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "This new digital technology will play a very important ro