Ignoring the red ‘X’ sign on smart motorways could result in an automatic £100 fine


Drivers who push “just a bit further” and drive in X-marked areas of smart highways can now be fined £100 following an upgrade to safety cameras. The nearly 100 camera upgrade means anyone who flouts the red ‘X’ lane marking will receive an automatic fine, without the police having to ‘spot you in the act’.

Dorset locals are well aware that the county has no motorways, but with smart technology running on the nearby M3 between Junction 9 and Junction 14 and on the M27 between Junction 4 and 11, as well as the nationwide travel, drivers need to be careful.

Smart, shoulder-free highways were developed to create more space on the busiest roads, improving the flow of goods through the county and getting people to where they need to be just as quickly and reliably. as possible. They are equipped with technologies and features never before seen on conventional highways such as emergency zones (EA) set back from the roadway, radar-based stationary vehicle detection (SVD) and Red X signals on the gantries. to close live tracks.

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Now drivers who flout ‘red X’ lane closures on smart motorways are now subject to an automatic £100 fine as security cameras are upgraded. The improved cameras are able to detect vehicles ignoring the X and the police could potentially issue fines without having to spot drivers in the act, as was the case before.

Nearly 100 smart highway cameras will be upgraded to enable automatic detection of vehicles breaking Red X rules by September, National Highways said (May 12). There will also be more signs indicating the distance to the next place to stop in the event of a mechanical problem or emergency.

National Highways said the camera upgrade is designed to increase compliance with the Red X, helping to ensure the safety of drivers and their passengers in difficulty, or road workers and emergency services who have need a safe space to work. He also said he was on track to complete the rollout of radar-based technology that can spot a stopped or disabled vehicle over 200 miles of All Lane Running (ALR) freeway by the end of September 2022.

According to National Highways, new analysis released today shows “that overall, in terms of serious or fatal casualties, smart highways are the safest routes in the strategic highway network.” National Highways said it is continuing to work to make them the safest roads in every way.

It also indicates that the risk of collision between moving vehicles is lower on ALR and Dynamic Hard Shoulder (DHS) highways – where the hard shoulder only operates part-time – than on conventional highways.

Some drivers and other organizations continue to raise concerns about smart highways and, in particular, the risk of breaking down in a live lane. A very small proportion of the total number of journeys on any route results in live lane failures. National Highways recognizes that this is the number one concern drivers have with smart highways. Although most of these outages do not result in serious or fatal injuries, they can affect the way people feel.

The Smart Motorway Stocktake – Second Year Progress Report, released today by National Highways, states that as of April 22, National Highways had:

Upgraded 96% (92 of 95) of enforcement cameras on the ALR and DHS stretches so they can be used to automatically detect vehicles passing under a red X or entering a lane beyond a X red. This potentially allows police to issue £100 fines to drivers without having to spot them in the act, as was the case previously

Installed over 330 additional signs to better inform drivers of the distance to the next place to stop in an emergency. By the end of September 2022, drivers will almost always be able to see a sign informing them of the distance to the next place to stop in an emergency

In January, the Department for Transport halted development of new smart highways without hard shoulders until five years of safety data had been collected for programs introduced before 2020. This follows a report by the Transport Select Committee in November 2021 who said there was not enough information to justify pursuing new projects.

Smart highways offer a variety of methods to manage traffic flow, including using the hard shoulder as a live traffic lane and variable speed limits. They were introduced in England in 2014 as a cheaper way to increase capacity compared to widening carriageways.

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