What are variable speed cameras or limits
Variable speed cameras appear and are used on many motorways in the UK with plans to get them on the M55 which leads into Blackpool. Unlike other fixed cameras and average speed cameras, variable speed cameras don’t tend to enforce the road speed limit 24/7, but are used when the motorway’s national speed limit of 70mph, is temporarily lowered eg. 50mph. These temporary speed limits are set and changed automatically at the press of a button by operators at a control room.
Within the past 10 weeks more than 500 motorists in Britain have received an unwelcome letter notifying them that they have been caught by a speed camera!
What was strange about the letters was that the recipients had not been caught speeding through a quiet village or suburb. Instead, they had been snapped breaking the limit of 70mph on a motorway, an offence that — until now — most speed cameras ignored.
Speed cameras are sited on overhead gantries above each lane of moving traffic, meaning gantries can have up to four or five individual speed cameras targeting each lane of the motorway.
Cameras used at these locations are often the popular Gatso ones, when a vehicle travels in excess of the posted ‘variable’ or ‘temporarily’ speed limit the camera is triggered and photographic evidence of the speeding offence is recorded.
So never think you’re safe to speed on motorways.. or anywhere! Remember speed can kill and most people end up speeding to queue anyway. So stick to the speed limit especially if you’ve just passed your driving test as if you get 6 points on your licence within the first two years of driving then you’ll have to take your theory test and practical driving test again!