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    Lead Foot
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    Default UK new Gatso

    It can zap four lanes of traffic
    By Emily Nash
    A FOOLPROOF fatso Gatso which can clock speeders on four lanes at the same time may soon be on our roads.

    The Multi-Camera System is dubbed "the daddy of all speed cameras" by its distributors.

    It boasts three stills cameras plus a video capture system, and can take close-ups of drivers' faces with infrared.

    The machine, which could police traffic lights and box junctions, holds up to 60,000 images on a hard drive which can be instantly downloaded.

    It also has spikes to deter vandals and is virtually maintenance free, making it more economical.

    Auto Express editor-in-chief David Johns said: "This will send shivers down the spine of every motorist. You can bet it's only time before it arrives here.


    "Cash-greedy safety camera partnerships will find the hi-tech, low maintenance device something they can't ignore."

    The MCS is made by Dutch firm Gatsometer which produces the Gatso, Britain's most common type of speed camera.

    UK distributors Serco said: "If local partnerships want them, they could be here in 12-18 months."

    The Home Office said: "This equipment is not type-approved and therefore cannot be used in the the moment."

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    Here is a second article about the cams

    No escape - new Gatso will get you

    THE "DADDY" of all speed cameras could be on its way to Cambridgeshire.

    Speeding motorists will have no place to hide from the new super-camera which could end disputes about drivers' identities by taking pictures of their faces.

    The Multi-Camera System, manufactured by Dutch company Gatsometer, has the following features:

    ■ Three digital stills cameras capable of monitoring four lanes of traffic at the same time ■ A video camera system which can be connected to the automatic number plate recognition system ■ Cameras that takes photos of cars 0.2 seconds apart to calculate their speed ■ Can be sited facing traffic or following traffic - uses infra-red flash so as not to blind oncoming drivers ■ Has a hard disk which can store 60,000 images on a hard drive.

    The camera is estimated to cost 50,000 and will be mounted on a 16ft-high pole guarded by spikes.

    Motorists caught by Cambridgeshire's 70 roadside speed cameras paid 1.2 million in fines in the 12 months ending in March 2004 - that came from 20,263 fixed penalty notices - and the resulting profit of 175,00 went to the Government.

    The new camera could have a dramatic impact on some of the county's busiest roads, such as the A14, where the fixed cameras currently in use are often limited to monitoring traffic in just part of the wide carriageway.

    Sgt Mick McCready, Cambridgeshire's casualty reduction officer, said the improved technology should be considered for the county's roads, as cameras were proven to save lives.

    He said: "From a casualty reduction point of view, we know cameras have their place, as getting people to slow down is the main thing - it gives people a chance to react to situations and it reduces the seriousness of injuries in the event of a crash.

    "If the technology these new cameras is offering allows us to monitor traffic more effectively, and reduce the problems sometimes involved with identifying the driver, then they could be a good thing.

    "At the moment, a lot of police time and court time is wasted by drivers who make up stories to try and avoid being prosecuted for speeding."

    But John Bridge, chief executive of Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, said he was concerned cameras are being sited to maximise revenue.

    He said: "We hope the authorities and the police do not become obsessive about speeding.

    We are concerned cameras are only being placed where they can catch the most motorists to raise revenue."

    Motorist Lian Watkin, 65, from Linton, described the new cameras as "just another moneymaking scheme". She said:

    "They sound like a waste of time and money, although I expect they will make the money back by fining people.

    "I was caught by a camera in Hills Road, Cambridge, at 1.45am, travelling at 41mph when I thought the limit was 40mph, not 30mph.

    "There were no speed limit signs, the camera was hidden behind a tree, and that tells me all I need to know about speed cameras - they are there to make money, not stop the idiots I see putting their foot down after they pass cameras on the A14 or A11."

    A total of 250,000 drivers are caught speeding in the East of England each year - 45 per cent of those are captured on speed cameras.

    The new camera is not expected to be available in the UK until next year, but it is likely to be welcomed by safety camera partnerships as it can hold up to 60,000 pictures of speeders which can then be downloaded at any time via a telecommunication link.

    Maintenance exam would stump drivers

    NEARLY half of motorists think they would fail their driving test if they had to take it again, it was revealed today (Wednesday, 07 June).

    The new requirement to have a basic knowledge of vehicle maintenance would stump some drivers - particularly women, a survey from Direct Line Breakdown found.

    While 44 per cent of those questioned reckoned they would not pass their test if they resat it, as many as 64 per cent believed they would fail the new maintenance part of the examination.

    On maintenance, 81 per cent of male drivers, but only 38 per cent of female motorists, got all the questions right.

    Also, 17 per cent of men believed they would fail a test now, with more than half of these believing it would be the theory section that would let them down.

    The survey also revealed that 20 per cent of drivers have not checked engine oil levels for the past two years and 48 per cent have failed to see whether their brake fluid is at the correct level.

    Direct Line Breakdown spokeswoman Emma Holyer said: "It's extremely concerning that only 56 per cent of all drivers think they would pass the driving test if they had to retake it. We're urging all drivers to brush up on their manoeuvres and general knowledge, whether it's by taking driving lessons or by reading the Highway Code."
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    This is the system that the Victorian Government (Aus) is going to get for the Western Hwy and Hume Hwy,broken first by Stalcar about 5 weeks ago



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