Stealth speed cameras – which are believed to have led to a 25 per cent jump in the number of speeding fines issued – could be banned if Conservatives or Labour win the upcoming election. The two political parties could make moves to outlaw these hard-to-spot cameras, which have been fitted alongside a number of the UK’s motorways, should they come into power.
These cameras – painted grey rather than the typical yellow – have appeared on a number of the UK’s busiest roads as they are turned into ‘smart motorways’ that feature variable speed limits. These new cameras have caused much controversy for being deliberately difficult to see and have been criticised for being more of a revenue-raising device than a safety aid.
This comes as the number of drivers hit with a minimum speeding fine of £100 or sent to court for motorway offences soared to more than 112,000 in 2014, up from around 89,000 in 2013 and a mere 55,000 in 2010. The cameras – known as HADECS – are linked to the variable speed limit systems in place on the UK’s smart motorways and can potentially catch drivers speeding at speeds of well below 70mph.
If that review shows serious problems, we will take action to stop grey cameras.
Following controversy over the impact of these cameras, the Conservative party has commissioned a report into their use and has vowed to scrap them, should the report criticise recommend doing so, when it provides its conclusions in the summer. Speaking to the Daily Mail a Conservative source said: “If that review shows serious problems, we will take action to stop grey cameras.” Meanwhile, the Labour party intends to repaint these devices yellow to encourage drivers to slow down.
Grey cameras have come into force on the UK’s motorways as a law that states that cameras used on smaller roads have to be painted yellow doesn’t apply to motorways, a Labour source told The Sunday Telegraph.