An accident hotspot is not suitable for speed cameras because there hasn’t been enough serious accidents.
Kirklees Council has said Meltham Road does not meet the criteria for speed cameras and had actually seen a reduction in accidents in recent years.
It comes after residents called for speed cameras along the stretch from Lockwood to Meltham, saying other road safety measures had not helped slow down the traffic.
Stephen Knight, chairman of Netherton Tenants and Residents’ Association, spoke out after two accidents on Saturday.
Joanne Bartholomew, assistant director of place at Kirklees Council, said: “We have not had any reports from the police about the incidents over the weekend, so are unable to comment on these specific incidents.
“We only receive notification of collisions when people have been injured, and then only once it has been investigated by the police.
“Meltham Road is a 3km length of road running from Lockwood Bar to Church Lane at Netherton.
“In the two years up to July 2012 there were a total of 12 personal injury collisions recorded along its full length.
“Since then, there has been a significant reduction with six collisions being recorded in the last two years.
“The council is only able to introduce speed cameras when there are a significant number of casualties as a direct result of speed, this is currently not the case on Meltham Road.
“Money generated through speed cameras and fixed penalty notices is returned to the West Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership and is used, in its entirety, to maintain the speed camera infrastructure throughout West Yorkshire.”
Any request by residents for a 20mph zone through Netherton, if submitted to the council, could be considered.
Last year councillors agreed not to have a borough-wide policy for 20mph zones but would instead judge each request on a case by case basis.
Two separate smashes on Saturday saw Meltham Road closed for several hours. Four cars were involved in one crash near Huddersfield RUFC’s Lockwood Park ground.
The road linking Meltham with Huddersfield is considered one of the most dangerous in town, and includes the notorious “Big Valley Bend” at Armitage Bridge.
Mr Knight said he would like to see the council’s figures but believed many accidents went unreported.
“If a car goes into a wall at high speed they just pull it out and that’s that. I don’t want to tempt fate about what might happen but something needs to be done,” he said.