Speed Cameras

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finland to double number of safety cameras as groups in Spain and the Netherlands call for more enforcement

Finnish police plan to install an additional 150 safety cameras over the next three years. Municipal officials are currently working with police to determine where to place the devices.  The addition of the new cameras will more than double the current stock of 130. Police also have plans to introduce 25 mobile safety camera vehicles.   The Finnish Transport Agency is preparing a list of proposed sites, the final locations will be based on road safety data.  New data for the first half of 2017 has shown that Finnish motorists are slowing down as a result of increased automated enforcement.   […]

France to restrict smart phone apps from sharing temporary police check locations

France to restrict smart phone apps from sharing temporary police check locations

France has notified the European Commission that it intends to introduce measures to prevent driving apps from sharing the location of temporary police checks and mobile safety cameras. Apps and portable GPS devices that show the location of fixed safety cameras are already prohibited in France. The new measures would enable the police to block zones of 20km across for a period of 24 hours to prevent sharing of the location of temporary controls via apps such as Waze and Coyote. The government says […]

Lithuania plans roll-out of time-over-distance cameras

Lithuania plans roll-out of time-over-distance cameras

The Lithuanian Road Administration has published a draft list of 25 stretches of roads where it plans to install safety cameras that detect average speed. The country has been trialling the system on a dangerous stretch of the Via Baltica motorway since last year – and will now expand the programme. Research carried out in Belgium and Scotland in 2015 has shown that time-over-distance cameras have considerable safety benefits.   An extensive Norwegian study published in 2014 found the introduction of the system reduced […]

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

New Spanish safety cameras to detect seat belt use

Spain has installed 225 new safety cameras this month that can detect whether or not drivers are wearing a seat belt. The cameras are being installed at high-risk sites and areas with high traffic concentration. For the first two months after the launch, drivers pictured without a seat belt will be sent a warning letter. After that, fines of EUR 200 will be issued along with the loss of three driving license points. According to official figures for 2015, 22% of deaths on inter-urban […]

Belgium takes action on speeding

Belgium takes action on speeding

New technology and legal changes are the latest weapons in the fight against speeding in Belgium, with new safety cameras being trialled in the Northern region of Flanders and a change to the legal status of speeding fines in French-speaking Wallonia. Four police zones in Flanders have installed safety cameras with an invisible infra-red flash system, reports DHnet.be. The system is designed to reduce the numbers contesting fines and help prevent dangerous braking near the cameras. At one site, the system was reported to have […]

France cracks down on company car speeding

France cracks down on company car speeding

A legal loophole in France that has let many fleet car drivers avoid speeding fines and penalty points is set to be closed. Companies had been able to pay fines on an employee’s behalf without ever identifying the driver.  But that should change following the approval of a new legal text in the National Assembly earlier this month. Around 15% of the French vehicle fleet is thought to be company owned. And the government estimates that 2 million penalty points a year were not […]

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France installing 10,000 dummy speed cameras

France has begun a major programme to triple the number of ‘safety zones’ covered by its speed camera programme.  From February the government began installing 10,000 dummy cameras across the country. The move is one of a number of new measures introduced in response to two years of annual increases in road deaths. France currently has some 4,200 active speed cameras, this number is expected to increase by 500 over the next three years. But the installation of the 10,000 dummy units will see […]

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg: speed cameras now online

Luxembourg added ten new speed cameras on secondary roads in May, following the successful entry-into-service of the country’s first ten devices in March. A third batch is due to become operational next year. In the first month of operation of the new network the government reported that 44,006 vehicles had been recorded for speed infractions, more than 20% of which were foreign registered vehicles mostly from Belgium, France and Germany.  

France – road deaths increase as speeds creep up

France – road deaths increase as speeds creep up

For the first time in 35 years, road deaths in France have increased for a second year running. The rise in deaths has come as mean speeds have increased by between 1 and 4 km/h, according to analysis by the National Observatory for Road Safety (ONISR). The rise in speeds over the last two years also reverses a ten-year fall that occurred following the introduction of an extensive national safety camera network. ETSC’s member organisation Association Prévention Routière says part of the problem is […]

Safety camera boost in France, Luxembourg and Portugal

Safety camera boost in France, Luxembourg and Portugal

France and Portugal are increasing the numbers of police speed enforcement cameras and Luxembourg has presented a bill to introduce the technology for the first time. France will add 500 fixed speed cameras over the next three years, taking the total to 4700, according to an announcement made by the Prime Minister Manuel Valls earlier this month. In addition, between 10,000 and 12,000 decoy units will also be installed – with the potential for cameras to be moved between units. The intention is to […]

Time-over-distance cameras improve safety in Belgium and Scotland

Time-over-distance cameras improve safety in Belgium and Scotland

Two separate studies of the impact of time-over-distance cameras (also known as ‘section control’) in Belgium and Scotland have shown considerable safety benefits. According to the Scottish data from a system installed on the busy A9 highway, excessive speeding – where drivers were tracked travelling at more than 10mph above the speed limit – has fallen by 97%. In Belgium an impact assessment by TM Leuven of a system installed on the E40 motorway found that collisions were reduced by some 15%. The researchers […]

Spanish road death figures flat in 2014

Spanish road death figures flat in 2014

Deaths on Spanish roads declined by just 3 in 2014, with 1131 deaths compared to 1134 in 2013. The government pointed to several explanations for the slow-down in progress including a rise in distracted driving with more people using applications such as Whatsapp at the wheel. An ageing fleet, linked to Spain’s ongoing economic woes, was also blamed. Jesus Monclús, director of ETSC member Fundación Mapfre told the El País newspaper that some measures “lose effectiveness over time” such as the penalty points system introduced […]

France announces new road safety measures as deaths rise

France announces new road safety measures as deaths rise

The French government has announced more than twenty new road safety measures following the first national rise in road deaths in over a decade. The number of deaths on French roads rose by 3.7 percent – to a total of 3,388 people – in 2014, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry. Vulnerable road users were disproportionately affected with pedestrian deaths rising by 8 percent and cyclists by 7 percent. The measures announced include a plan to reduce the speed limit on some […]

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

Belgian region to triple section controls as poll shows public support

70% of Belgian road users are in favour of an increase in the number of average speed checks on motorways according to a poll by the motoring organisation VAB.  The results were timely as Belgium’s northern region Flanders is set to triple the number of such controls from next year. Six out of ten of those surveyed also said that speed limits must be more strictly enforced in urban areas. See story (in French)

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

Enforcement marathon yields increase in German speeders

The second annual nationwide speed enforcement marathon in Germany registered 93,000 speed violations in 24 hours. Of the more than three million motorists checked, approximately three percent were going too fast according to figures released by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of the Interior in September. More than 13,000 police officers worked at 7,500 locations in the hunt for speeders in all 16 German states; 10,000 more speeding offences than last year were recorded despite the fact that 2,000 fewer police were in place to […]

Irish safety camera programme saves 71 lives in three years

Irish safety camera programme saves 71 lives in three years

Safety cameras on Irish roads have saved 71 lives over the past three years, according to research by the Irish government. Irish Department of Transport economist Derek Rafferty said a significant number of injuries had also been prevented during the same period, and the cameras yielded an overall net benefit of some €70 million annually. Mr Rafferty, who was speaking at the 11th Irish Society of New Economists conference in Galway in September said the research was based upon a comprehensive controlled study. It […]

First section control trial in Germany

First section control trial in Germany

The government of Lower Saxony has announced that it will host Germany’s first trial of average speed checks, also known as ‘section control’. The decision by Germany’s second largest state has been welcomed by the German Road Safety Council (DVR). The announcement comes several years after neighbouring countries Austria, The Netherlands and Switzerland introduced the technology. The delay in Germany was partly due to concerns over data protection. The DVR says that the system will be able to delete the data on non-speeders immediately, […]

Call for more out-of-town speed checks in Switzerland

Call for more out-of-town speed checks in Switzerland

ETSC’s Swiss member BFU has called for an increase in the number of speed controls outside of urban areas, pointing to 2013 statistics that showed 52% of speeding-related serious injuries and deaths occurred on inter-urban roads where only 4% of speed checks were currently being carried out. 98% of speed controls in Switzerland are carried out by fixed safety cameras, the remaining 2% by non-automatic cameras placed in special locations or in vehicles. BFU says the impact on driver behaviour is biggest when automatic […]

ETSC’s Ellen Townsend on Euronews I Talk

Approximately 100 people have been killed today in the European Union, the same was true yesterday and it will probably be the same tomorrow – on our roads. What are we doing about it? Could we do more? ETSC’s Ellen Townsend featured in this edition of Euronews I Talk to discuss the issues.

Managing Speed: Towards Safe and Sustainable  Road Transport

Managing Speed: Towards Safe and Sustainable Road Transport

Excessive speed has a singularly devastating impact on the health and safety of road users, increasing both the risk of a crash and the severity of crash outcomes. Speed recurrently contributes to crashes when driving speeds are higher than permitted speed limits or higher than circumstances allow (e.g.: rain, fog, high traffic volumes). The current concern over climate change has also put spotlight on the role of road transport in atmospheric pollution. Road transport’s share of carbon dioxide emissions has been rising unlike that […]

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