THE government is being encouraged to use speed cameras as a revenue stream, because that would be better than paying tax.
Motoring groups have responded angrily to plans for speed cameras on motorways, claiming they are more about raising funds than road safety.
However Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, believes the ‘revenue stream’ thing is actually a really good idea.
He said: “Speed limits are actually not utterly ridiculous, because history shows us than when fast-moving vehicles collide the people inside them tend to die.
“And the getting charged loads of money for breaking speed limits does discourage one from doing so, unless you are very rich or a moron.
“At the same time, paying taxes is really quite galling.
“As nobody has to drive fast except ambulances or people fleeing crime scenes – it just happens to be fun – why not have absolutely shitloads of speed cameras everywhere instead of having tax?
“It’d be like a ‘pay-to-play’ system for boy racers and people with company cars.
“You could do a similar thing with CCTV for people who drop litter. You can say it’s Orwellian if you like but what if it meant no council tax?
“You’d soon shut up about your civil liberties then.”
Anti-speed camera campaigner Roy Hobbs said: “I rather wish I hadn’t mentioned it now.”