More average-speed cameras on the way

* Transport Secretary announces plans * AA suggests they reduce the number of crashes * New cameras would replace fixed units...

11 November 2008
More average-speed cameras on the way

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has said that he wants to install more average-speed cameras.

Hoon told The Times newspaper that many existing roadside cameras, which measure speed at a fixed point, could be replaced by the average-speed cameras. He believes average-speed cameras are fairer and encourage safer driving.

Average-speed cameras measure speed over distance and, at present, are usually found in roadworks on motorways.

Motoring organisation the AA warned that widespread use of average-speed cameras could lead to traffic bunching-up on busy roads as cars slowed all at once, but added that they are more effective than fixed place cameras.

AA research also suggests that average-speed cameras reduce the number of crashes, while penalising fewer drivers.