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Hung parliament leaves satellite speed cameras in the balance

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All motorists will be familiar with current speed cameras or the sight of police officers at the side of the road with a speed gun.

As we enter the digital age, speed cameras as we know them may be changing as technology evolves, which could lead to more drivers being charged with motoring offences.

It has recently come to light that the former Labour Government had been testing new speed cameras on Britain's roads.

The new breed will communicate with each other via satellite and be able to determine whether motorists have travelled a specific distance in too short a time, possibly catching motorists for the smallest misdemeanour.

Known as SpeedSpike, the cameras use a similar method of recognition as those enforcing London's congestion charge.

So it's clear they're a tried and tested source of technology. The covert trial is currently being tested at two locations: Southwark, in London; and on the A374 in Cornwall.

How will this affect motorists? These cameras have automatic number plate recognition technology, capturing number plates in all weather conditions, all day, and will be extremely cost effective.

There'll no doubt be some debate as to whether it's necessary to use this 'Big Brother' approach to ensure motorists stick to the speed limit, but we'd strongly advise that you drive safely and in accordance with the law and prevailing road conditions at all times.

So if a new government makes this pilot scheme a reality, it should have little or no effect on law abiding motorists.

If these cameras are introduced, and you are caught for a motoring offence and require specific legal advice, please contact our helpline on 03700 86 86 86.

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