New car tax changes could mean speed cameras will detect road offenders

A group of 9 in 10 road users said speed cameras should be used to catch drivers breaking rules, a new poll has found.

The statistics also discovered that someone is injured every 20 minutes from an uninsured driver.

It comes after IAM RoadSmart said around 630,000 vehicles are also being driven in the UK unlicensed and without a valid tax in place.

Now an expert has urged for speed cameras to help "make our roads safer" by detecting road offenders.

Neil Greig, of IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, said: "These results paint a very clear picture.

"Law-abiding motorists are in favour of the police using existing equipment to help make our roads safer by catching motorists who think the rules don't apply to them.

"Of course, the primary purpose of catching speeding motorists is paramount."

He added: "But it should not be overlooked the suffering that drivers of vehicles which are uninsured, unlicensed and without a valid MOT can cause other road users."

Police ANPR cameras are currently being installed with advanced technology to be able to read number plates, although this isn't available widespread across the network.

The cameras would check against a database of vehicles of interest which can then trigger an alert to find if the car is linked to a range of offences.

It could catch out drug deals or robberies, as well as drivers without a valid MOT tax or insurance in place.

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Neil said speed cameras should "follow up" on a wide range of offences to ensure those who break the rules are "off our roads".

He added: "There is no excuse for speeding, driving uninsured, unlicensed or without a valid MOT.

"If speed camera partnerships are issuing speeding tickets they should also follow up on a wider range of offences and this is backed by the vast majority of drivers.

"Getting lawbreakers off our roads could significantly help reduce the number of casualties caused by motorists with no regard for their motoring responsibilities."

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Meanwhile, DVLA Chief Executive Julie Lennard previously warned there was so excuse for drivers to avoid paying their car tax fees.

She said: "The number of untaxed vehicles on the road is falling, but we are determined to reduce this even further.

"We operate a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid, so there really is no excuse if you fail to tax your vehicle.

"While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax correctly, this campaign highlights the real consequences that motorists face if they don't tax their vehicles."

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