Two-way speed cameras go live in France in unmarked cars just in time fore the Toussaint holiday.This follows discussions proposing many speed limits are cut by 10 kph
The new mobile speed cameras will be able to catch speeding vehicles in either directions – to pass at speed in either direction means you are ‘nicked’…
Mobile speed traps (fitted in moving cars) took to the road in France last March.
This new generation radar has been fitted in 12 unmarked Renault Méganes and 7 Peugeot 208s.
The new radar is already being used in 18 departments (listed below).
It is a modified version of the mobile radars that were introduced in March.
We are informed this radar will only be used on routes nationales where the majority of accidents take place.
The central barrier on motorways prevents them from working in two directions.
However on main roads they can catch vehicles in the same lane as the police car and vehicles approaching.
The previous radar verisons, there are 46 of them actively employed, could only catch drivers overtaking the unmarked police car.
Officers in the car will be in uniform but, apart from a large camera unit on the dashboard, the vehicles will be difficult to spot on the road.
The sensors are fitted behind the front number plate so the first drivers will know about them is when they receive the speeding ticket through the post a couple of days later.
The first drivers to experience this will be caught in Ain, Aisne, Côtes-d’Armor, Dordogne, Eure-et-Loir, Gard, Indre-et-Loire, Loiret, Manche, Marne, Moselle, Seine-Maritime, Seine-et-Marne, Seine-Saint-Denis, Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine, Val-d’Oise and Vendée.
We are informed a 10% margin of error will be allowed when levying fines with a 10kph error allowed for speeds below 100kph.
We hope the margins are in the driver’s favour!
This means a driver travelling at 58kph in a 50kph zone will escape as his speed will be registered as 48kph
By the end of 2015 there will be 300 on the road – adding to the existing 4,129 radar units which this year are expected to levy €800 million in fines.
In 2012 more than 12 million penalty notices were issued.
Curiously cameras are said to have flashed 21million times but many photos were usable.
Statistics showed that 93.5% of tickets were for speeds of under 20kph over the limit.
Also not funny, last year the Toussaint holiday cost 32 deaths plus injured people in four days.
Earlier this year Interior Minister Manuel Valls said there were sufficient speed cameras on the roads and he did not want to see more added.
Now that is funny ha ha ha…