SPEEDING drivers could soon be caught on camera by members of the public if a new road safety scheme is introduced in the borough.
Hillingdon Council and the police are looking to introduce a Road Watch scheme to get residents directly involved in reducing speeds in their area.
The initiative, which has been successfully piloted in other areas of London, involves members of the
community going out onto the roads using hand-held speed guns to encourage motorists to slow down.
Tony Ellis, traffic member for Northwood Residents' Association, said: "Anything to slow traffic down is good, but I wouldn't want to get involved.
"It seems to be something to do on the cheap.
"I'm not sure that ordinary citizens should be doing the work of police officers, and I would want to learn more.
"Standing in a street with a yellow jacket on and with a speed camera
seems to be a very risky occupation
Pauline Crawley, chairwoman of Harefield Tenants' and Residents' Association, said: "I wouldn't do it personally because I think if I did catch people, and they recognised me, I might have my car smashed in retaliation.
"I would support more active officers on the ground with the speed cameras. I think we would all appreciate that, particularly in the areas where they know people go fast."
The volunteers would work in highly-apparent locations wearing
high-visibility jackets with a police officer.
Those caught speeding would then get letters highlighting the speed limit in that area and the speed they were doing at the time.
Chris McGowan, secretary of Hayes Town Residents'Association, said: "We are not taking on any more as an association at the moment because we are involved in quite a lot of things, but it definitely sounds like a good idea. Those who do speed need to be made more aware of it.
"I think it's for the younger people to participate in."