70% of fleet drivers opposed to "stealth" speed cameras
The TrackCompare online poll founds that 70% of respondents said no when asked if they support the introduction of the new "stealth" cameras, which have been proposed by the Highways Agency to enforce the 70mph motorway speed limit on “smart sections” of motorway including on the M1, M6 and M25.
With the cameras likely to be painted grey instead of the usual bright yellow, critics claim the cameras are aimed at increasing income through fines and not at improving road safety.
Among comments left by visitors to the TrackCompare website were:
‘No, I don't (agree). More people will get frustrated with the roads being restricted; in turn more accidents. Which in turn will mean higher insurance, higher road tax rates and, therefore, money on court cases etc. It will cause a mess!’
‘This is just another money-making scheme and a way to catch people out. Spend money on something that is actually proven to keep people safe.’
‘Just another stealth tax from the Government!’
‘No, this could cause an accident if the driver sees this at the last minute. This isn’t about safety, it’s just a con.’
Kjell Anderton, a TrackCompare director, said: ‘This poll prompted some strong reactions, as the comments show.
‘Certainly, there’s no doubt most professional drivers believe the cameras will be introduced simply to help the government raise additional funds.’