The government’s budget for 2022-2023 foresees that 4,700 radars of all types will be operational, with a fine estimated at 714 million euros.
This year he expects to receive less than € 700m – far less than the € 809m he originally planned – because fewer cars on the road, due to Covid restrictions, mean less of people fined for speeding.
Once considered an ever-generous cash cow for the government, with a record 824.7 million euros raised in 2017, radars have started to lose their luster with the yellow vests protests and Covid.
Ministers remain convinced that the road safety benefits outweigh the political risks associated with speed cameras
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, declared: “Speeding, or driving at a speed unsuitable for road conditions, and drinking and driving remain the main causes of death in road accidents. .
His department’s official figures for July this year show 313 people have died – 20 more than last year and 15 fewer than in 2019.
Some details on the type of radars that will be operational have been released.
In order to combat vandalism, the government has started to build more large cylindrical tower radars with plug-in units.
This makes it possible to share 1,000 electronic units between 1,400 cabins, which means that drivers passing the towers will not know if they are active or not.
In addition, 800 older radars will be in service, either of the gray rectangular “binder” type, or of thin, black and round radars. Many have been refurbished after acts of vandalism.
The new equipment includes 700 units capable of distinguishing trucks from cars, and either flashing if they exceed their various speed limits.
There will also be 50 units that will use average speeds over several miles to determine if a vehicle is moving too fast.
At the same time, private speed detection cars will be introduced next year in four new regions: Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Occitanie.
This will mean that the cars, known as new generation mobile radars (RMNG), will be operational throughout mainland France. They are already present in eight of the twelve metropolitan regions (excluding Corsica and Overseas).
However, the first fines will not begin to be imposed in the new regions until 2023.
“Private” cars are those driven by outside operators, as opposed to police cars.
They are designed to blend in with the traffic, using popular models such as Peugeot 308, Dacia Sandero and Citroën Berlingo for this.
Cameramen also use an infrared flash, invisible to motorists, which makes them harder to notice.
They do, however, offer more leniency than usual fixed speed cameras, allowing a 10 km / h margin over speed limits in areas where the limit is less than 100 km / h, and a 10% margin when speed limits are greater than 100 km / h.
Normal cameras only allow margins of 5 km / h and 5%.
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