Are motorcycle speed cameras next?

Scottish mobile motorcycle speed camera

Mobile speed cameras are becoming so small they are now being used on motorcycles so they can be stationed in areas where other speed cameras are too big.

The first to introduce motorcycle speed cameras is Scotland.

While Scottish authorities say it will not target any particular type of vehicle, they admit it will be operating on routes that have a “disproportionate number of motorcycle casualties”.

The motorcycle-based mobile speed camera will be able to be deployed in many areas that a speed camera van would not be able to park or where police using a hand-held Lidar gun have no room to pull over speeding motorists.Scottish mobile motorcycle speed cameras

That means they could be positioned just around the next blind bend on tight and narrow motorcycle roads.

It will also mean riders will have to spend even more time checking their speedometer to ensure they don’t stray over the limit, instead of watching the road.

It’s dangerous enough having to check your speed all the time in a straight line on a wide and open road where we all expect mobile speed cameras to be located.

With these motorcycles located on tight and twisting roads, it could be even more dangerous for speedo-gazing riders.

There is no word yet on which other authorities will add motorcycle-based mobile speed cameras, but we guarantee it won’t take long before they spread around the world.

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  2. Hampshire have been using marked and unmarked bikes are mobile scamera platforms for years, several favoured sites I know of it’s actually illegal to ride a motorcycle to reach them, but as they’re the Police the usual rule of law doesn’t apply to them.
    The biggest issue is the use of LTi20-20 lidar guns hand-held or on a lightweight tripod, by using the slim-fast AKA time-warp method the operator can add several MPH to your speed, assuming the gun isn’t picking up other targets which are travelling faster. Several stationary walls have been proven to be moving at 4mph by these defective devices.

  3. It seems that everywhere you turn these days there is a pointless little man waiting to issue an infringement for some equally pointless “crime”. What a sad, bland, conformist little society we’ve become! It’s all about the revenue of course, after all, all those layers of government we have to support come at a price, but they have to dress it up as something else – our safety – even though we all know they are full of BS.

  4. I’m sure in 10 years time whenever you leave your home there will be a personalized drone with speed camera following you every inch of your commute. Ready to record any time you go 1kph over the speed limit. The inbuilt technology will post a ticket to you within 5 seconds of committing any such atrocious offense! For Road Safety!

    1. no need the technology is already in your onboard computer
      all they will have to do is plug it into it and read it,
      pretty soon your bike will snitch on you.

  5. According to Australian standards no speed camera or speed measuring device can be placed in a location that does not allow the unobstructed view of the vehicle for at least (300?) metres and or can not be placed parallel to the road and can’t be a dangerous obstruction. Nor should they be placed at the bottom of hills.
    Some of these rules used to be inviolate but the cops have forced caveats into some such as the bottom of hill rule, they have to seek approval of some senior road traffic inspector who leaves the rubber stamp on a chain out side his office. But many are not to be violated such as setting up in bus shelters or where there are metal fences. I’m not sure of the rules that apply to laser but they have limitations such as needing a long straight flat area to line them up. So a speed camera may be just around the bend but if it’s not properly located they can’t issue the fine.

    1. Looking at that video the cop should be arrested for reckless endangerment!
      With the visibility so poor he should not have been operating as he could not tell what was coming or who gave the reading. Had that been a truck instead of a bike they’d all be dead!

    2. These two riders were both stupid for riding so fast in such poor conditions; the second rider was even more stupid for following so closely and riding at such a speed that he could not stop in the distance he could see. They both deserve to have the book thrown at them.

      1. Well I watched this a few times and yes the guy who crashed was going way to quick for such poor visibility and slippery road but he may never have crashed but for the cop who flagged down a possibly innocent rider as he was probably detecting the guy behind him.
        we don’t know the limit on that road but I think I saw 90 to 110 on his speedo if it were MPH then that was really speeding.

        1. Speed limits are a maximum speed in good conditions (even if they are often too slow). In poor conditions such as fog, the maximum speed allowed is often way too fast. People need to drive or ride to the conditions.

          1. My argument exactly !
            This is why speed cameras etc kill more people than they could ever save. They claim to educate motorists about the dangers of speeding but all they do is reinforce the mistaken belief that the speed limit is safe and never explain that the speeding that kills 98% of the time is that which occurs under the posted speed limit or very close to it, the speeding you get fined for is only a factor in 2% of fatalities. There is now too much evidence proving that the slow is safe mindset of the nannies is WRONG! wherever speed limits are relaxed and cameras removed the fatalities in those locations go down not up so when they say speed cameras are there to make you safe and other such BS you know the real reason is revenue pure and simple,

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