About the partnership
The Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership, that began operating in April 2000, was one of the eight original pilot areas which initially operated solely within the city of Nottingham. The aim of the programme project was casualty reduction and was a key driver to meeting the Government's 2010 casualty reduction targets, based on the 1994-1998 average, which were:
* A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured.
* A 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.
* A 10% reduction in the rate of slight casualties.
The programme also aimed to educate drivers about the consequences of speeding and to improve compliance with speed limits and traffic signals.
The pilot projects were considered a success and April 2002 saw the national roll-out. Since then, the partnership has been operating in the whole of Nottinghamshire. Members now include: Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, The Highways Agency and Her Majesty's Court Services.
In April 2007 the means of funding the Nottinghamshire Safety Camera Partnership changed. Up to that time all camera partnerships in the country could claim their operating costs back from the Treasury based on fixed penalties paid on speeding and red traffic light camera offences. The Treasury retained any excess revenue, over the cost of running the Partnerships.
Since April, all funding for safety camera operations has been derived from an annual Government grant paid to finance local authority Local Transport Plans to finance road safety projects, a proportion of which goes to run the camera partnerships. All payments from safety camera enforcement go directly to the Treasury as in the case of every other fine.