SPECS average speed cameras explained
As the M54 in Telford and now many parts of the motorway and dual carraigeway network get Average Speed Cameras Installed, we help you understand what they are and how they work
- SPECS average speed camera systems utilise state of the art video system with Automatic Number Plate Reading (ANPR) digital technology.
- These cameras are each fitted with infra red illuminators fitted on gantries above the road, so they can work day or night.
- SPECS speed cameras are located in multiple (at least 2 at a minimum of 200 metres apart) locations along a single stretch of road for monitoring your average speed along that particular road.
- So unlike other speed cameras which capture your speed at a certain point in the road, SPECS average speed camera work and track you speed over a set distance, which may be serveral miles!
How do SPECS speed cameras work?
SPECS speed camera systems commonly enforce speed limits on dual carriageways and motorways. SPECS gantry installations can monitor up to four lanes. The SPECS system are located at the side of the road or at central reservations. Cameras are then located at regular intervals to operate a managed speed control zone.
Each SPECS speed camera records a date and time stamp. Then, by ANPR, the computer can then work out your average speed between the cameras with photographic evidence that you were speeding between the SPECS cameras. SPECS speed cameras also record your number plate and issue you a speeding ticket if you were speeding along the average speed controlled stretch of road.
Unlike other speed cameras Average Speed camera don’t use film so there is no limit to the number of incriminating motorists it can help to prosecute. Your number plate, date and time stamp are stored by each SPECS camera and then if your average speed between the cameras is above the speed limit you will automatically be issued a speeding fine.
Average Speed Cameras are becoming more popular
In the past SPECS were used in a minority of counties such as Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Nowadays SPECS speed cameras are the favoured choice in motorway roadwork’s.
Furthermore, a number counties are now adopting them in favour of the traditional fixed point speed check cameras. For example a number of years ago Cambridgeshire replaced their fixed point Gatso and Truvelo speed cameras along the A14 with a SPECS speed-controlled zone instead.
In addition in Cambridgeshire on a very rural road and a notorious accident blackspot location a SPECS average speed system was installed in July 2010. Helping to ensure that motorists keep to the 50mph speed limit along the entire section of road and not just at a speed cameras location. Expect to see more SPECS average speed cameras right across the UK.
In 2014 a new average speed camera named VECTOR also using ANPR technology was launched by the same company behind SPECS
Points and Penalties
The absolute minimum penalty for being caught speeding on the UK’s roads increased 66.7% in July 2013 from £60 to £100 fine. A minimum of 3 penalty points will also be added to your licence.
However, depending on the road speed limit and your actual recorded speed in the speeding offence a court summons may be generated in place of the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) through the post. For more information click here.