Lib Dems win crucial vote to reduce dangerous speeding

Last Thursday, councillors of all parties voted for the proposal put forward by Cllr Lisa Smart, Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson for Hazel Grove Constituency, to reduce dangerous speeding across Stockport borough by calling on the Greater Manchester Safer Roads Partnership to review their outdated criteria for speed cameras and to offer Stockport as a trial location for a new approach.

Speaking after the meeting, Lisa said: “Under current guidance, there have to be at least 3 deaths or serious injuries on a stretch of road before a fixed camera is considered. Councillors agreed that this isn’t good enough and the Council will now work with local councillors in each area to understand where speeding hotspots are so they can apply for a Community Concern location listing for a camera where possible.

“The Council vote follows on from the agreement I got from the Deputy Chief Constable at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s ‘Police Accountability Meeting’ recently that action IS needed on speed camera criteria as part of efforts to tackle speeding as a whole.

“Following my asking for a review of the current criteria, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Deputy Mayor for Policing has agreed that a ‘danger reduction approach focusing on prevention’ should be looked at and the Department for Transport is being ‘frustratingly slow’ to review the guidelines.

“With the Lib Dem team here, I will keep fighting as hard as I can to save lives on our roads.”

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