(slightly off topic) SPECS Speed Cameras on the M4 - between Junction 12 & 15

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by Guest, Oct 22, 2003.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    If you're headed this way...


    Guest, Oct 22, 2003
    1. Advertisements

  2. Guest

    Foxhunter Guest

    Thank you, I will be down there tonight for Showman's Show in Newbury. will
    look out for them !

    Foxhunter, Oct 22, 2003
    1. Advertisements

  3. Guest

    ¤¤ L¤¤ Guest

    But if you don't speed....

    (Runs and hides.....)
    ¤¤ L¤¤, Oct 22, 2003
  4. Guest

    Pip Guest

    ... buy a Land Rover?
    Best thing for top posters to do.
    Pip, Oct 22, 2003
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Me again.

    I've been informed by the uk.local.bristol group that this is a hoax.
    Could be so, and there is indeed a denial on the Thames Valley Police's
    web site.

    Having passed the new signs several times recently however, I'm still
    unconvinced. There are far too many of them and far too close together
    to make sense just as a trial. If they're intending to do that all over
    the country it'll be hideous, never mind the enormous cost. Each sign
    has a pair of cameras - facing in both directions along the motorway,
    and sensors buried in the road to detect traffic quantity and speed. It
    may well be the case they can use them fro SPECS, even if they aren't at

    There was an incident recently in South Wales where the "Safety" Camera
    Partnership put up cameras and sent out penalty notices to people
    accelerating *after* a speed restriction, i.e. doing <70. The Camera
    Partnership have announced they will not 'proactively' refund fines and
    remove points from the licences of innocent motorists.

    Not sure if I wish the Landy would go that fast, or not...


    Guest, Oct 22, 2003
  6. This was why I liked my old Ford Maverick - not *too* bad offroad if you
    ignore the fact it would sit and spin all four wheels in different
    directons if you were unlucky, but 96mph flat out was never going to lose
    me my license in a hurry.

    If anybody sees L892HHM anywhere please kick the driver for me - thieving
    bastard still owes me 3grand for it. Idiot that I was I have no paper to
    prove this.

    Paul S. Brown, Oct 22, 2003
  7. Guest

    YTC#1 Guest

    So many rumours proliferate this way, best to check multiple sources before
    scare mongering.

    Next you will be sending out warnings about blue poles at the side of the road.
    YTC#1, Oct 22, 2003
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Would you rather be warned unnecessarily or collect a speeding ticket?

    My message was sent with good intent, and came to me as genuine, from a
    list which is usually fairly reliable. When I was told of the error I
    immediately put out a correction.

    SPECS is an application processing video data streams. It does OCR and
    requires a good quality signal from cameras a known distance apart. The
    M4 installation has just such fitted. Admittedly there are apparently no
    IR lamps, but the system would work in daylight.

    As I said, I remain unconvinced about that the cameras will not be used
    for SPECS sooner or later.


    Guest, Oct 22, 2003
  9. Guest

    Bob Hobden Guest

    "SpamTrapSeeSig" wrote in message >
    My understanding is they are simply CCTV and have no radar detectors (like
    ears) alongside like a true SPECS camera. I will look out for them next time
    I travel that way.


    Use a useful Screen Saver...
    and find intelligent life amongst the stars, there's bugger all down here.
    Bob Hobden, Oct 22, 2003
  10. Guest

    YTC#1 Guest

    I would rather people thought before sending out untrue stories.
    So ethy all do, especially spam and viruses
    Still say you should have checked 1st.
    Would it ? Are you sure ? Or is that just something someone has told you ?
    YTC#1, Oct 22, 2003
  11. Guest

    Guest Guest

    They're *not* radar detectors - they're IR lamps for use at night. SPECS
    doesn't use any form of radar or laser for speed or distance measuring.
    That's why in theory you could use any high quality camera system
    (although I don't know anything about the frame rate, etc. of SPECS).


    Guest, Oct 22, 2003
  12. Guest

    Guest Guest



    Guest, Oct 22, 2003
  13. Guest

    Richard Guest

    Richard, Oct 22, 2003
  14. Guest

    Richard Guest

    While on the subject of blue poles. I know they are to do with Trafficmaster
    but I have noticed (in Kent) that there are now green ones. Are they blue
    ones just painted green to 'blend in' better with the hedges etc or are they
    something else?

    Richard, Oct 22, 2003
  15. Guest

    Dave White Guest

    Dave White, Oct 22, 2003
  16. Guest

    YTC#1 Guest

    YTC#1, Oct 22, 2003
  17. Guest

    Pet Guest

    Perhaps some confused elderly 1970's throwback members of the "welsh
    liberation front" have got parkinsons disease and took a Saga holiday to
    Kent. ?
    Pet, Oct 23, 2003
  18. Guest

    Chris Jones Guest

    While on the subject of blue poles. I know they are to do with
    The green ones are government traffic cameras, operated by the Highways
    Agency rather than Trafficmaster, and they are used to detect congestion and
    set matrix signs appropriately. They are not speed cameras.
    Chris Jones, Oct 31, 2003
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.