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New brand of speed camera is 50 times more efficient

Date: 25/09/2013 08:11:45
Category: Fleet tracking
Author: Joe Elvin

A new brand of speed camera capable of catching 50 times as many motorists is set to be introduced in the UK.

The ZenGrab LaneWatch Mk2, which features two lenses and night-vision technology, has received plenty of interest from local authorities despite its £17,000 price tag.  

The cameras are able to spot motorists stopping in yellow box junctions or turning in prohibited areas - and the government is considering allowing motorists throughout the UK to be fined if the cameras catch them doing this.   

According to dailymail.co.uk, the ZenGrab cameras spotted 1,000 motoring offences during a four-week trial in an area where only 271 offences were spotted in a year by conventional cameras.

Itv.com reports that critics have called the cameras "immoral", but they are likely to become real cash cows for local authorities that invest in them.

The news might encourage fleet managers to invest in vehicle tracking systems to ensure their staff aren't performing any manoeuvres that could get punished by these cameras. Many fleet managers already use them to help HGV drivers get to their destination more efficiently.

The cameras are attached to lamp posts and motorists receive no forewarning of their presence. Some have already been installed in Manchester, Nottingham, Glasgow and Medway - as well as a few other cities.

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