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Safety camera staff cut 'risk' for London
Staff cuts at the unit that issues notices to motorists caught breaking road rules on camera in London have prompted fears of an increase in law-breaking on the capital's roads.
It is reported that 45 staff are being moved from the London Safety Camera Partnership, the group that manages more than 900 cameras across London, after Transport for London (TfL) reduced funding by £2.8 million.
Over recent years, the partnership has issued more than 300,000 notices of intended prosecution each year, to drivers caught by speeding or red light cameras.
It has been suggested that the reduction in staff could result in a less than third of that number being issued next year.
Green London Assembly member Jenny Jones said it risked a return to "the bad old days" on London's roads, and criticised London Mayor Boris Johnson for undermining the work to halve the number of fatal and serious injuries on London's roads over the past ten years.
"London's roads are not the Top Gear race track. The London Mayor's laissez faire attitude to road safety will damage the shift towards walking and cycling in London," she added.
A TfL spokesperson explained that a "lack of assurances" from the Department for Transport had led to them to seek "ways to ensure the partnership's work remains as efficient and effective as possible".
"The partnership plays a vital role in cutting death and injury on London's roads and we, as well as the Met, have written to the transport secretary to press the Government to continue to support it," they added.