Have you wondered what is meant by a Smart Motorway?
It is a motorway that is design to maximise the through put of traffic through the area.
Smart Motorways are, at present only being used in some of the more congested pieces of Motorway.
They constantly monitor that section of Motorway, to keep the optimum traffic flow.
By monitoring the traffic flow the Motorway can decide to control the use of the Hard Shoulder and a running Lane, implement temporary speed limits (a traffic management system developed on the M25 and now used internationally).
Also, the Smart Motorways sections are monitored by CCTV cameras so that any incidents can be managed quickly and efficiently.
Sounds good? Well yes so far it sounds a great improvement. So what’s the catch?
Part of the monitoring of these Smart Motorways includes Speed Cameras. These speed cameras are alleged to be fining drivers for driving 1 mph over the limit, 24 hours a day.
Drivers caught going at more than 70mph on the new stretch of smart motorway on the M1 will be fined.
Darren Roberts, manager of the Casualty Reduction Enforcement Support Team (CREST) for Derbyshire Police, said he was “shocked” to discover new cameras between Tibshelf services and junction 29A at Duckmanton were the most profitable in the county in 2017.
Following Home Office approval the first Redflex Hadecs 3 system went live on the M25 motorway between junctions 5 and 6/7 on the 22nd October 2014. Between the 22nd October and 25th November 2014 some 668 motorists had been caught speeding by the new speed camera