Even when no variable speed limit is in place you could be penalised for going over 70mph
Most drivers assume that smart motorway cameras can only catch them speeding if a reduced limit is in place but it’s now been confirmed by the police that speed cameras on smart motorways could be working 24/7 and catch you speeding at any time.
This means that motorists could be punished for driving over the 70mph speed limit even though the overhead gantry isn’t showing that a reduced speed restriction is in place.
This information won’t do much to convert drivers in the UK to the idea of smart motorways which are popping up around the country, as this week motorists rated smart motorways with no hard shoulder as the second most dangerous kind of road they have to drive on.
On the M1 between Tibshelf services and junction 29A at Duckmanton, cameras were found to be in operation despite the traffic flow being normal with the national speed limit in place.
In 2017, the four cameras managed to catch 8,382 speeding drivers, with one recording a speed of 128mph.
These results made this stretch of smart motorway the most profitable in the UK. Money collected in fines for exceeding the speed limit goes straight to the Government.
There’s no clear information regarding how many cameras on smart motorway sections are in operation at all times of the day, even when no variable speed limits are in place.
According to Highways England however, it does state on their website that ‘If no special speed limit is displayed then the national speed limit applies’.
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