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Are the variable speed limit cameras always on? Sorry, can

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Hi, are the variable speed limit cameras always on?
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Customer: Sorry, can you help me?
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Customer: No, just need to know if variable speed limit cameras are always on or not
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for the delay.

No, no camera is always on.

They are turn off for lots of reasons. Some are routine maintenance. Some are not ever functional. Some are malfunctioning for the reasons that technology does sometimes.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Generally speaking, average cameras are more likely to be efficient because there are larger number of cameras so there would need to be more than one defaulting but that does happen sometimes.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Can I clarify anything for you?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No sorry not the average speed cameras. The variable speed cameras. Where they some times display a different speed limit. Are the cameras only active when there speed is different?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Do you mean the gantry signs?

If so, they are not usually cameras. They are just warning speed limits signs.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Yeah the signs. They have the signs with speed cameras on as well though?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Like this picture here
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Those are average speed cameras but they do not detect the signs on the gantry. They detect those who are over 70 mph as that is the national speed limit.

The gantry signs are advisory only rather than an instruction. That is why they are allowed to be variable

I suppose it is possible that they could argue that a person who is vastly over the speed limit in the gantry signs is driving without due care but they are not speeding unless they go over the national speed limit.

Gantry signs don't meet the criteria for a reduction the national speed limits.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
say for example I was going 85 and passed through one, would I get charged?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Yes, you could if it was operative.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
what are the chances of it being operative? Even if there was no speed limit displayed?
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

It doesn't matter whether there was a speed limit displayed. If there was none then national speed limits would apply.

Average cameras only work if you pass more than two as they measure the speed by the time it takes to travel between the two.