The distance of roads in Britain covered by average speed cameras has doubled over the past three years.
Thousands of drivers now face £100 fines and three points on their license as a result of the expansion of the speed camera network.
The RAC Foundation’s research found that since 2013, when average speed cameras covered a total distance of 127 miles in the UK, more than 130 miles of roads have had permanent average speed cameras installed.
Average speed cameras record the time it takes for a vehicle to travel between two points along a route. The RAC Foundation said: “the system is fairer than existing ‘spot’ cameras because it reduces the chance of being snapped by a rogue camera.”
If you are travelling through a stretch of road with multiple average speed cameras you must keep your average speed within the limit between every set of cameras, not just the first and the last set.
Now a total of 263 miles of UK roads has average speed cameras in place. A stretch of the M4 in south Wales near Port Talbot with average speed cameras recently installed caught 4,500 drivers doing over 50mph in two months this year alone.
The cost of installing average speed cameras has fallen dramatically since the first were introduced in 2000. They cost about £1.5m per mile then compared to just £100,000 per mile now.
Further expansion of UK roads covered by average speed cameras is likely in the future. The House of Commons' Transport Committee said: “average-speed cameras are generally better received by motorists than traditional fixed-speed cameras".
The Transport Committee added that a scheme to cover more stretches of UK roads with average speed checks could "reduce the impression that motorists are unfairly caught out by speed cameras".