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M25 speed cameras not switched on

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 -0800

Most speed cameras on the M25 have not worked for five years, according to a report in the Sunday People newspaper.

Of the 117-mile stretch of London’s orbital motorway, only 3.2 miles between Junctions 2 and 3 in Kent is covered by working cameras.

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The cameras, which sit behind overhead gantries imposing lower speed limits during congested times, haven’t been switched on since they were installed in 2009.

David Davies, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said the cameras have not been approved to use as evidence in court.

He said: “It’s a cock-up. It’s poor that it’s gone on for so long.

“It’s also a waste of money. The National Audit Office should have a look at this.”

However, the Highways Agency has warned that digital cameras on sections between Junction 10 in Surrey and Junction 16 for the M40 will be working by the summer.

Drivers caught speeding will now face a fine of £100 and three points on their licence, since new laws were introduced last year.

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By motoringresearch.com