Four surprising speed camera facts
In its latest online news item, the PetrolPrices.com website highlights some interesting information on speed cameras and the fines they generate.


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What is HADECS?
HADECS 3 is short for Highway Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System 3 which is one the newest speed cameras to be installed on UK roads. Current locations include the M1 in Derbyshire, M6 in Staffordshire, M25 in Surrey, M20 in Kent, M25 in Kent, M62 in West Yorkshire and M4/M5 in Somerset.
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, many of whom are calling it a 'stealth camera'.

Photo: a speed camera located on the North Circular road just north of Chiswick roundabout - during bridge repair works the speed limit has been reduced from 40 to 30mph and it's been catching many drivers on the section after the works.
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PetrolPrices.com is well aware that there are plenty of myths about speed cameras and speeding fines and to shed some light on the issue they have a news item with things you might not know about speed cameras and the fines that they generate.

Speeding fines now start at £100
Most people know that speeding fines have increased. They now cost £100 as a standard, rather than £60. However, many people are unaware that there is a new way of claculating speeding fines. They can now be based on up to 175% of your weekly income – meaning that fines can actually be significantly higher than £100. This means that someone earning £30,000 a year (or £577 a week) could face a maximum fine of up to £866 for a speeding offence. The new guidelines advise that these higher rate fines should be used for more serious offenders, rather than (for example) someone doing 32 in a 30mph zone. More serious offences are known as Band C offences. They apply to anyone doing ‘well in excess’ of the limit on a particular road.

HADECS cameras work all the time
HADECS cameras are the ones put up by Highways England. They are the most cutting edge technology of the speed camera world. HADECS cameras are seen on motorways such as the M1, M6, M25 and M62 and they are in operation all of the time. There are different styles of these cameras, many of which are smaller than traditional cameras. Some use a radar system that takes just 0.2 milliseconds to register your speed – and your number plate.

Mobile radar detection vans only work on one lane
Mobile speed cameras – or radar detection vans – are usually operated by the local police force. They tend to be used in accident blackspots. For police to use mobile cameras, there needs to be a sign up to alert motorists that they are present. Mobile speed cameras only work on one lane. However, this doesn’t have to be the lane they are closest to. Mobile speed cameras also only work on a straight section of road. They have a range up to two miles but can’t see around bends or over hills.
Traffic light cameras are multi-functional
Traffic light cameras do more than just watch for red light offences. As original traffic light camera models were replaced, new multi-functional models were installed. The new models mean that you can get a speeding ticket from a traffic light camera even if you didn’t skip the light.