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How are sites selected?

In general, new fixed cameras will only be installed at locations where there is a history of collisions, where highway safety experts consider that the presence of a fixed safety camera will be the most effective way to prevent similar collisions occurring in the future.

The decision process to install a fixed safety camera starts with a recommendation from the Highway Authority's safety engineers (either Luton Borough Council, Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council or the Highways Agency). The final decision is taken by the steering group of the Casualty Reduction Partnership which comprises senior officers from each partner organisation, including the highway authorities and Bedfordshire Police, who will be responsible for undertaking enforcement at the site once it has been installed.

The same process applies for the introduction of the Partnership's core mobile enforcement sites - these are high-visibility, regularly-enforced sites enforced by the Partnership's dedicated safety camera enforcement team. 

The Partnership adheres to the guidance issued by the Department for Transport relating to site selection, visibility and signing of enforcement sites at collision trouble-spots. To read this guidance, please click on this link: Use of Speed and Red-light Cameras for Traffic Enforcement: Guidance on Deployment, visibility and signing.

Please note: In addition to the Partnership's core enforcement activity, Bedfordshire Police can enforce any speed limit on any road in our area as part of normal police operations, and may do so in response to community concern and a hazardous speeding problem. They use covert and overt methods to detect speeding motorists and other road traffic offences that jeopardise the safety of all road users.

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