In Belgium, the number of road checks is increasing sharply, but in France this has already been done. The official reason is that they are expensive to maintain, but that’s not the real reason, according to a French interest group of motorists.
France is gradually dismantling its controls over departments, according to reports French media. The first units appeared along French motorways in 2012, but the devices, which calculate the average vehicle speed between two points, would be too expensive to maintain, according to French road safety organization Sécurité Routière.
5,000 fines “only” per year
According to the Sécurité Routière, the low profitability of these 100-section checks in total will have nothing to do with this. What is certain is that department checks generate far fewer fines. And it’s “only” 5,000 controls per year per department, compared to 14,000 a year for conventional radar systems.
This seems to argue for more road checks. After all: they do their job well, because far fewer people drive too fast in those places. However, the downside is that this means they fill government coffers less. And it is precisely the latter that the French Motorists’ Association is launching 40 million drivers in the wrong throat. “They don’t make enough money with traffic fines,” says Philippe Nozier, president of the association.
A new generation of radars
In a press release, the organization accuses the French government that the goal of zero accidents is less important to the government than generating revenue. The French authorities are going to replace medium speed checks with a new generation of fixed radars, which can record and fine several violations at the same time, which Even in Belgium.
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