New type of speed camera set to be launched on British roads
27 October 2009

A new 'intelligent' speed camera will be rolled out on UK roads within the next 18 months.

The cameras don't flash and can cover multiple lanes.

Speeding lorry drivers will also be targeted by the new cameras, due to the device's ability to distinguish between trucks and cars.

On many roads, lorries must adhere to lower speed limits, but convictions are difficult because current Gatso-type cameras do not differentiate between vehicles.

The cameras will initially be trialled in France, where, unlike the UK's familiar yellow cameras, the new devices will be styled to blend with other street furniture.

The Highways Agency has also revealed it is to spend £58 million on new digital cameras to monitor drivers using the hard shoulder on motorways.

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27 October 2009

Well that just fills me with joy...

27 October 2009

How amusing, 'intelligent speed cameras'. The need to enforce speed regulations with such pettiness is hardly intelligent or worthwhile when it comes to road safety.

The more the public move against these infernal tyranical devices, the more the authorities feel the need to tighten their grip with them.

It's ironic that the cameras are probably more 'intelligent' in their field of operation that those who inflict their use.

..and more will die on the road, for want of a true understanding of Road Safety.

27 October 2009

Well we the people elect our government to make the laws and speed limits etc. If its something we want to change maybe we could do it?

What are we against? a camera that is accurate and effiecient? Or the speed limit?

I'm guessing its the speed limits we are actually against not the cameras, if we can agree on a new limit system for our roads then the cameras wont matter and they will do us a favour in catching the reckless?

27 October 2009

Yet more ways to make driving less of a pleasure and more of a chore !!! thanks Gordon Brown and all his sidekicks !!!

If you cant follow the basic rules of speed limits on roads then you should not have a licences simple as that, its like people who do not indicate, turn there lights on at night !!! ( as stupid as it sounds loads of people do it !), forgetting to get new tyres the amount of cars I notice with illegal tread is amazing wheres the police now !!!!!. People driving without insurance, without MOT etc all should be made more of a priority then "intelligent speed camera" more of our tax money the goverment will waste !!!!!

rant over

27 October 2009

[quote beachland2]What are we against? a camera that is accurate and effiecient? Or the speed limit?[/quote]

I agree, there's nothing wrong with speed cameras and everything wrong with speeding. What we should be upset about how limits are applied and whether they are abused. (Hello M25 variable limit at 2am).

27 October 2009

[quote moe360]If you cant follow the basic rules of speed limits on roads then you should not have a licences simple as that[/quote]

What about councils putting inappropriately low limits? Worse is the abuse of the 20mph areas, and don't get me started on those dangerous bumps they like to put in for no reason!

27 October 2009

Wonderful advance in the technology , but 58 million would pay for a lot of police traffic-officers , and I think they would be more intelligent than any cameras.

27 October 2009

[quote ja9ae]

[quote beachland2]What are we against? a camera that is accurate and effiecient? Or the speed limit?[/quote]

I agree, there's nothing wrong with speed cameras and everything wrong with speeding. What we should be upset about how limits are applied and whether they are abused. (Hello M25 variable limit at 2am).

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Agreed. Drove past a school in Reading yesterday which had a full time, 20mph limit past the school. Hello!, it's half term. Why the 20mph limit at all times? Surely an electronic sign could be erected to show the lower limit during school times? That said, anybody who does more than 20 past a school during school drop off/pick up is a berk who shouldn't hold a licence.

Less than 10% of fatal/serious injury accidents are speed related. What's needed are more traffic Police and better, ongoing education for all road users.

27 October 2009

Just another way of making more cash.

27 October 2009

The usual springs to mind...waste of money, just another tax...

Do the government/highways/authorities realise that many cameras are in fact in dangerous positions? I thought they were only there to lower the speed at high risk areas, such as junctions and accident hot-spots? Many around wher i live are too far away from those areas, and back up that they are just a further road tax...

More to the point, most drivers will slow down, pass the camera and then speed up, just in time for the junction!

I would invest time and money in cameras that spot and shame middle lane drivers, those annoying idiots who no matter what time of day or night will sit in the middle lane of the motorway, whether they are over taking vehicles or thin air.

If the government are so concerned about congestion and polution, why not ease the roads and motorways by starting with that?

Also, to continue the rant, why not use cameras to target those who have faulty lights, and at this time of year pose a severe risk to themselves and others? Or those who have no tax and insurance........

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