Special speed camera network to replace current system

Summary

Flanders is introducing a new network of speed cameras, which will track vehicles over several kilometres, making them much more useful than single-spot cameras

Get ready for Specs

Flemish mobility minister Ben Weyts has announced the installation of 30 new Specs speed control sites on regional roads this year, in addition to the 20 already planned. The new devices will take the place of 54 existing speed cameras.

Specs cameras provide a more accurate evaluation of a vehicle’s speed by measuring it over a longer distance – between 200 metres and 10 kilometres. That is a vast improvement, said the minister, on recording the speed at a single spot. Drivers who slow down as they approach a speed camera could avoid being detected, but with Specs control that would be much more difficult, he said.

With Specs, a series of linked cameras records the average speed of the vehicle over a fixed distance. Automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) tracks the vehicle from one location to another.

“The conversion to Specs can happen quickly,” said a spokesperson for the agency for the Roads & Traffic Agency. “We can use the connections that are already in the road for the fixed speed cameras.”

The first areas to see the change will be in Antwerp province, where 35 speed cameras will be converted. The total investment comes to €3.2 million.

A further €10 million in 2018 and 2019, and a final investment of €2.2 in 2020 will see all 409 existing cameras in Flanders replaced by the Specs system. 

Photo: Specs speed cameras in the UK
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