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Average Speed Cameras

The most recent type of enforcement added to Lancashire is Average Speed.

Following a review of roads in Lancashire and collision related casualties eight routes have been proposed for average speed camera systems (find out more here).

Average speed camera systems work using automatic number plate recognition and a set of cameras over a planned length of road. In Lancashire this ranges from 0.5 miles to 8 miles long. The cameras recognise number plates at set points along the routes; the system will calculate vehicle speed based on the time taken to travel between the points of a known distance. Infrared technology means images are clearer in low light and in the dark.

Lancashire’s Average Speed Camera Systems are being installed to improve road safety. They encourage road users to travel within the existing signed speed limits (there will be no changes to speed limits as a result of installation on the 8 routes). Some of the average speed camera systems will be placed on routes where there is a need for action but there aren’t any other options for enforcement. 

All average speed camera systems are rigorously tested in order to achieve Home Office Type Approval before they can be used. Following a  tender process Jenoptik won the contract to install Lancashire’s average speed systems and will install SPECS3 cameras in yellow housings. This will be a wireless system allowing greater flexibility and lower costs than older cameras where solid wiring was required.

The cameras are capable of reading number plates in both directions and across more than one lane.  


Below is an example calibration certificate