New smart motorway speed cameras are now in operation near East Midlands Airport on the M1.
This is the latest location for the new cameras which can catch motorists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The new section is between the junctions 23a (Nottingham/East Midlands Airport) and the approach to junction 24 (Derby).
These permanent speed cameras allow for variable speed limits to be in place at any time throughout the day to maintain good traffic flow across the four lanes and hard shoulder.
Some motorists may believe that they cannot be fined for speeding on a smart motorway if there isn’t a speed limit displayed on the screen.
Due to the new cameras, drivers can be caught out if they exceed the national speed limit on these areas of the motorway.
A Highways England spokesperson explained how the speed limits and ticket enforcement works on a smart motorway.
A spokesman said: “If no special speed limit is displayed then the national speed limit applies.
“A speed limit displayed inside a red circle is legally enforceable. If you don’t keep to this speed limit, you are breaking the law.
“Speed cameras are in operation on smart motorways. If you don’t keep to the speed limit, you may receive a fine.”
“This section of the M1 is now operating as a controlled motorway, which includes four lanes and a hard shoulder, with the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits to manage the flow of traffic, reducing frustrating stop-start traffic conditions.
“The new technology installed will also give drivers better information to help with their journeys, while maintaining high levels of safety.
“The scheme has also introduced new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries, which will show the variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents.”
It was also revealed that there will be speed restrictions in this area which will last until March 2019.
“In order to complete this work safely, temporary speed restrictions will remain in place between junctions 24 and 25 until March 2019, with the newly constructed emergency areas available for use.
“We will also continue operating our free recovery service within the all lane running section until the scheme is fully complete in the new year for the safety of our road users.
“The remaining works will be carried out in the new year under overnight lane and full carriageway closures when the road is at its quietest, in order to keep disruption to a minimum.”
What is a smart motorway?
A smart motorway is a stretch of motorway which can turn the hard shoulder into an additional lane to improve traffic flow.
Speed limits can also be controlled via the gantries that are staggered along the stretch of road.
These can be variable along the road to help reduce congestion.
They can also be used to close a specific lane if there has been an accident marked with a Red X.
Red Xs mark a lane being closed and drivers that ignore them can be fined £100.
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