Speed cameras and average speed checks

Speed cameras are prevalent across the UK, whether enforcing limits in city centres or performing average checks along extensive stretches of major motorway routes.

The density of speed cameras is not consistent nationally; instead, it varies from county to county. A new report from the RAC Foundation has revealed the extent to which drivers can expect to be monitored depending on where they are in the country.

Growing concern

The news that the distance covered by average speed cameras installed across the UK between 2013 and the start of 2016 rose by 137.3 miles is likely to cause consternation amongst motorists. This represents a 54 per cent rise in the use of average checks, with the 12 set-ups rolled out last year bringing the national total to 50.

There are, of course, many more zones in which average speed checks are carried out, as the report does not factor in the temporarily-erected cameras that are now common at the site of roadworks.

Report spokesperson Richard Owen revealed that the main catalyst in this increase has been the falling cost of installing average speed cameras on roads, with modern technology being both more efficient and affordable for local authorities to procure. 15 years ago the cost per mile hit £1.5m, whereas today it is a fraction of this at just £100,000.

Motorists who regularly make use of the A9 in Scotland will no doubt have noticed the rollout more than most, with this major project held accountable for the rapid rise in the amount of coverage in the past 12 months.

Driver repercussions

For drivers who are worried about how this will impact them, it seems that standalone speed cameras are beginning to be replaced by average speed checks, especially on roads that are dangerous or particularly congested.  This means that getting a penalty charge for speeding could become a more common occurrence, meaning people will need to look to save cash in other areas. The good news is that with affordable packages the cost of buying a new or used vehicle is less of a burden.

Speed cameras are here to stay; however, the rise of autonomous cars could render them redundant in the long term. Also with Automated cars you will get perks like Vehicle Tracking that will allow you to know exactly where the car is and what the performance is.  This is somewhat similar to speed cameras in the way they record a vehicles speed from one point to the next.  If you have a fleet of vans or vehicles that need to be tracked you could pop to sites such as