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Speed Camera not working in most areas - Update.

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M25 and M3 cameras don't work

Speed cameras aimed at cutting congestion on the M25 and the M3 have not worked since 2009 and the Highways Agency says it has no idea when they will.

Cameras on M25 not working are between the Junctions for the A3 and M40 and the Variable Speed Limit on the M3.

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2013-04-09/m25-speed-cameras-dont-work/


M25: not a single motorist caught by speed cameras in a year

Drivers speeding on the M25 have not been issued with a single ticket from its overhead cameras over the past year.

Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the network of 36 new digital cameras intended to enforce variable speed limits on the London orbital motorway.

The failure was discovered by the AOL website, which had hoped to identify the biggest money raiser on the 117-mile long road, only to find that the cameras had caught no speeders at all.

Safety groups condemned 'incompetence" by the agency, which owns the cameras although enforcement is handled by police forces along the route.

With around 500,000 drivers using the M25 every day, it is one of Europe's busiest motorways. Cameras have been used to catch speeding drivers on it since 1995, and the network has grown during the intervening years.

They are supplemented by police patrols, which continue to enforce the limit, even if the overhead cameras do not.

The first of the digital cameras were installed in 2009, but a Highways Agency spokesman admitted that it had still not received statutory authority to use them on the Surrey, Hertfordshire and Essex stretches.
They need separate authorisation from the previous generation of cameras.

On other parts of the M25, where authority has been given, the difficulties were described as purely 'technical" relating to the upgrade of the older generation of 'wet film" cameras to the new digital devices. The cameras in Surrey, Hertfordshire and Essex have not even been tested yet.

The agency was working with police 'as a matter of urgency" to address the situation, the spokesman said.

The problem did not apply to temporary average-speed cameras used to monitor stretches of roadworks.

The spokesman was unable to say how much the overhead cameras had cost or when it would be able to use them.

But he added: 'The mandatory speed limits shown by the red rings are still enforceable and the onus remains on drivers to obey all mandatory speed limits."

Jim Fitzpatrick, Labour's road safety spokesman, said: 'This revelation is unbelievable.

'The M25 is already used as a racetrack by a number of reckless drivers. If there is one place where we need working cameras it is on that stretch of motorway."

Edmund King, the president of the AA, also expressed surprise.
'You do see drivers slow down when they pass under the gantries. We know there were some concerns when the signs were changing whether the cameras were keeping up," he said.

Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, added: 'This sounds like a perfect combination of *****-ups."

Claire Armstrong, of the anti-camera group, Safespeed, seized on the agency's embarrassment.

'If they believe the cameras are doing any good why aren't they using them?" she asked. 'If they do not believe that they are doing any good they should remove them and stop the paranoia they create by their presence."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring...torist-caught-by-speed-cameras-in-a-year.html
 

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So who is brave enough to chance doing a ton then :floor:

Not me :hand:
 
Pretty much anyone driving a merc more than 5 years old - especially if the windows are tinted :hand:
 
'The M25 is already used as a racetrack by a number of reckless drivers. If there is one place where we need working cameras it is on that stretch of motorway."

So when exactly is that actually possible :dont know: What they need to do is enforce lane discipline to stop knobbers hogging middle lanes when teh nearside ones are clear :pc:
 
Zingari said:
'The M25 is already used as a racetrack by a number of reckless drivers. If there is one place where we need working cameras it is on that stretch of motorway."

So when exactly is that actually possible :dont know: What they need to do is enforce lane discipline to stop knobbers hogging middle lanes when teh nearside ones are clear :pc:

+1 how about replacing the cameras with breeze block dispensers - if the lane to your left is clear then you get a heavy reminder that you are a knob :thumb:
 
Yes, I would be interested to hear how many lane hoggers they have ever spoken to on the M25 creating undertakers. Someone I know followed a black man for miles along the M25 whilst in the outside lane and finally got fed up and passed inside. The berk remained in the outside lane and after pulling off was still hogging the outside lane.

One of the positive sides of immigration. Multicultural driving standards.

Pip :? [/u]
 
Pip1968 said:
Yes, I would be interested to hear how many lane hoggers they have ever spoken to on the M25 creating undertakers. Someone I know followed a black man for miles along the M25 whilst in the outside lane and finally got fed up and passed inside. The berk remained in the outside lane and after pulling off was still hogging the outside lane.

One of the positive sides of immigration. Multicultural driving standards.

Pip :? [/u]

Poor lane discipline on the motorways within the UK is not restricted to people who are not white.
 
Very true, clearly it is not black and white (pun intended). It does annoy me that people who are supposed to have a driving licence are so appalling at driving but everyone is obsessed with speeding only. Speed kills but poor driving is fine.

Pip
 
This might have been talked to death before but just to let everyone know the below:

Average Speed Cameras and how they work:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7048645.stm

Average Speed Cameras not working on M25:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring...torist-caught-by-speed-cameras-in-a-year.html

Speed Cameras not working on M25 and M3:
http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/story/2013-04-09/m25-speed-cameras-dont-work/

Police scrapped all 304 Speed Cameras:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-expensive-run-theyll-catch-mobile-units.html

Anyone who wants to read detailed report:
http://speedcamerareport.co.uk/07_5pc_per_1mph_report.htm
 
Interesting collection of information... Wondering why you are so much interested in this... You never :drive: that fast

:D
 
Speedtrap said:
This might have been talked to death before but just to let everyone know the below:

However I did see a camera flash on M1 J26/7ish overhead gantry North bound last week even when the speed signs were blank.

Not seen that before...
 
Now now boys, be gentle with me:) My Golf diesel is not capable of touching more than 50mph even on the M roads:)
 
Or you can just drive fast enough that the cameras can't see you. To Gatso cameras you're invisible over 170mph, and for SPECS cameras over 140mph will do it. :)
 

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