Frankrijk gaat met rijdende radarwagens rijden


Gatso’s T-Series based Millia in-vehicle speed enforcement solution has been type approved by the French Laboratoire national de métrologie et d’essais (LNE) for use in France.

According to Gatso, its Millia solutions reduce speed related crashes by enforcing the speed limit. For in-vehicle use, the system components are integrated into an enforcement vehicle without altering the appearance of the vehicle. Depending on the chosen strategy, the operator can choose to enforce approaching or receding traffic or in both directions from a stationary or moving vehicle.

Gatso says each system is designed and implemented for each customer’s situation and road safety goals. For France, the system is approved to monitor up to four lanes; with a maximum speed of 250 km/h and it will monitor receding vehicles when moving and approaching and receding vehicles when stationary. Gatso’s partner in France, Fareco, will equip 300 vehicles over a period of three years.

Alexander Kleyn van Willigen, product manager at Gatso commented: “The type approval for France is the first type approval for the T-Series solution platform. It is exciting to see an independent organisation like LNE confirm the accuracy and reliability of this revolutionary new traffic enforcement system.”

The first of three hundred cars carrying speed camera systems are due to start operations on France’s roads on 15 March in around twenty regions.

Installed in an ordinary-looking Renault Megane is a new-generation speed camera built into the dashboard with a vehicle detector radar behind the licence plate. Each is capable of detecting speeding vehicles and photographing them, without flash, while on the move at motorway speeds.

Although unmarked cars are used, the officers driving them will still be in uniform and for the initial period only drivers who overtake the unmarked car will be penalised.

The cars will also only target high-speed drivers, according to senior Sécurité Routière official Aurélien Wattez, who said they were aimed at motorists who ignored restrictions everywhere except where there were road-side cameras. They are set to catch drivers speeding at more than ten per cent above the road’s limit, above 143 km/h on the bulk of French motorways.

It is intended to bring in three hundred equipped vehicles over the next three years in a bid to cut road deaths, with excess speed blamed for twenty-six per cent of fatal road accidents in 2012, around 1,000 deaths.

Bron: ITS International