According to road chiefs, individual smart motorway cameras are expected to rack up £600,000 in fines every year – and police forces across the country are hiring more staff to deal with the extra workload.
Around one million motorists are caught speeding in Britain each year – and with more stretches of smart motorway being rolled out, the chances of getting caught are higher than ever.
If you’ve missed the news on smart motorways up until now, you might be surprised to hear they’ve been around since 2006. First introduced on the M42, its success has resulted in a total 236 miles of smart motorways being introduced across England. And there’s more on the way.
Operated by Highways England, smart motorways essentially use technology to manage the flow of traffic during busy times. But with motorists being handed £100 fines and three points for breaking rules under the new, stricter system, there have been suggestions that riders and drivers are being milked for cash.
So many motorists are expected to be punished that police forces are recruiting staff to deal with the predicted workload. In fact, Thames Valley has confirmed it’s taking on an extra 15 staff for when Highways England switches on the smart sections of the M4 and M40 later this year – as it expects to capture 30,000 infringements on the two stretches of road per year.
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