There's been some misleading messages portrayed in the national press recently about a new "stealth" speeding cameras called HADECS 3 so let us explain them to you.
What are HADECS 3?
HADECS 3 which stands for Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System 3 are the UK’s newest speed cameras and have been installed on the following motorways M25 (J5-7 and J23-27), M1 (J28-31 & J39-42), M20 (J4-7), M3 (J2-4a), M4 (J3-14 & J19-20), M42 (J3a-J9), M5 (J4a-6 & J15-17) and M6 (J4-13), with more cameras expected to be installed and in operation by March 2018.
Due its differing appearance HADECS 3 have been labelled the “stealth speed camera” by motorists and the press as unlike our usual bright yellow speed cameras these are relatively small and a grey colour.
Found on MIDAS, Matrix signs and the sides of gantries makes these cameras difficult to spot which has led to many motorists being caught out by the cameras. With figures showing over 1,800 motorists were fined between November 2015 and January 2016 on the M25 J5-6 alone.
The reasoning behind?
The cameras which have been installed on smart motorways, which use technology to keep traffic moving through variable speed limits and the use of the hard shoulder as an additional lane during congestion are there to encourage motorists to stick to the variable speed limits, keep traffic moving and reduce the number of accidents.
Driving on smart motorways