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Cars Speeders get 1-minute grace period on smart motorways

01:50  31 january  2020
01:50  31 january  2020 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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The one - minute grace period was confirmed by Highways England, the under-fire operator responsible for smart motorways that have been Operators told Auto Express there's a one - minute grace period between a new variable speed limit being put in place and speed cameras enforcing it.

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New research reveals that when a speed limit changes on a smart motorway, drivers have a one-minute ‘grace period’ before speed cameras will flash them.

A Freedom Of Information (FOI) request to Highways England, made by Auto Express, revealed that the cameras do not begin enforcement of the new speed limit until one minute after it has changed.

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‘Following a change in the speed displayed by signals there is a 60-second ‘grace period’ before HADECS3 cameras start enforcement, giving time for drivers to adapt to the new mandatory speed limit, especially when speed limits are reduced due to slow-moving or queuing traffic up ahead,’ the organisation told Auto Express.

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UK motorway gets new speed cameras that never switch off: Drivers face stricter fines. “They are there to catch speeders , get reckless drivers off the roads and ultimately lead to a reduction in You could be disqualified ion you build up 12 or more penalty points over a three year period unless you

Controlled motorway : with three or more lanes, a hard shoulder and variable speed limits. On some busier sections of motorways we temporarily open the hard shoulder or have converted it to a permanent extra lane so that more vehicles can travel, avoiding the expense and disruption of

‘This gives drivers time to slow down and reduces the need for braking sharply.’

What does this mean for motorists? Well, if the speed limit has changed on a smart motorway, and you aren’t able to slow down in time, as long as you’re within a minute of the change, you shouldn’t be flashed.

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“This discovery will reassure drivers passing under motorway gantries just as they’ve reduced the limit that a nasty letter won’t be in the post to them,” said Jack Cousens, head of roads policy at the AA.

“A 60-second grace period seems sensible and allows more than enough time for drivers further back to slow down safely.”

By default, the national speed limit of 70mph applies on smart motorways. And there is the ‘margin of error’ that we’ve reported on previously to consider, too – so you shouldn’t be flashed at 73mph, for example.

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