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'Just another stealth tax': 70% of drivers are AGAINST ‘spy’ speed cameras

By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 14:00

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ANGRY: Are spy cameras just a money-spinner?

‘Stealth’ speed cameras would be an extremely unwelcome introduction to the UK’s roads, a survey of professional drivers has revealed.

According to a poll by TrackCompare, 70% are against the new technology, which will be painted grey and tasked with catching speeding drivers on motorways.

Highways Agency proposals have revealed the cameras could soon hit busy sections of the UK’s most important motorways, including the M1, M6 and M25.

They are designed for use on ‘smart’ sections, where potential congestion is managed by a variety of methods, including speed limit control and opening hard shoulders.

“There’s no doubt most professional drivers believe the cameras will be introduced simply to help the government raise additional funds.”

Kjell Anderton, TrackCompare

However, critics claim the cameras are aimed at increasing income through fines and not at improving road safety.

TrackCompare visitors added that the cameras were ‘another money-making scheme’ and ‘another stealth tax’.

Kjell Anderton, Director at TrackCompare, said: “This poll prompted some strong reactions, as the comments show.

“Certainly, there’s no doubt most professional drivers believe the cameras will be introduced simply to help the government raise additional funds.”

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  • Jo Livingstone says...March 14, 2014 (11:11)

    I don’t see what the problem is. If you’re driving legally, within the limit, you have nothing to worry about. Would you object to any other law breakers being punished?

  • Alison McDougall says...March 13, 2014 (16:42)

    Just another way of milking the motorist.

  • Johnathan says...March 13, 2014 (13:19)

    I’m pretty sure these are already active?

    I’ve sat and watched the new ones (located hidden to the side of the new gantry’s over the M1 through the recently modernised section south of Milton Keynes down to the M25…) flashing away every 5 seconds or so the other evening. There wasn’t a reduced speed limit in force at the time either – it would be interesting to know if these drivers (a lot of them) have been fined…!?