Is this new speed camera coming to Britain? Spain's 'anti-braking' devices detect if drivers slow down before or speed up after a fixed camera location
New technology has been introduced to Spanish roads that detects if motorists are slowing down moments before a speed camera – and then accelerating once they’ve driven passed it.
Authorities have started using secondary radar devices either before or after a fixed camera site to measure if drivers are only briefly lowering their speed to avoid detection and the fines that would come as a result of being caught over the limit.
And experts have warned that the technology – if found to be effective – could be deployed on British roads in the future.
The cascading system involves using a secondary mobile radar device just before or after a fixed speed camera site, sometimes up to one kilometre away from the conventional camera.
The radar is then used to detect if a motorist has either braked excessively to avoid triggering a signposted fixed camera, or if they’ve significant sped up after passing its location.
The groundbreaking tech has been given the green light by the Spanish Government’s transport department – the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT).
The aim is to identify motorists who try to evade fines by only momentarily reducing their speed to evade detection.
This setup has already proven to discourage speeding in the region, with motorists risking fines of up to €200 (£175) if caught by the secondary radars.