In early 2015, the British government launched a new tactic to combat the most common motoring offence: speeding. Many see it as another invasion of privacy; yet another way for the law enforcement to milk money out of those who live and drive in the United Kingdom. Over 200 cameras were to be installed throughout England, though there has been serious opposition to the idea in many different communities.
These cameras were installed in the most popular and busiest motorways across Great Britain. Those include the M1, M4, M5, M6, M25, as well as others. In total, nearly 500 kilometres of road were included in the Highways Agency’s plan. The agency announced it as a plan to combat traffic – the shoulder lane can be used when the motorway is busiest. Without them, the shoulder would be occupied with officers stopping vehicles for minor speeding offences.
After just a couple of months, still at the very early stages of implantation, there was a huge spike in speeding tickets. Motoring solicitors labelled this a cash cow for the police and court system. Thankfully elections were just around the corner at this time, and these stealth cameras became a hot-button issue. After a year of rigorous debate, the Highways Agency finally announced in November a plan to eliminate these cameras. However, they said the exit strategy can take another year to fully execute – meaning that you may still get a speeding ticket because of the stealth cameras.
It is always recommended that you fight a stealth camera ticket in court; they are just there to steal money from honest drivers. Our solicitors are experienced in dealing with these tickets, and they have a huge success rating in getting them dropped. On the other hand, if you pay the fine on them, you will have points added to your license, a negative driving record for at least 4 years, and higher insurance premiums, usually instantly.