In France people are earning 1,500 euros a month with private radars

The use of radars on roads and highways is one of the resources most used by authorities to control excess speed, reduce the number of accidents and fill the State’s coffers thanks to fines.

Driving above the permitted speed is one of the most frequent violations in Spain: two out of every three fines are for this reason. We know that one of the most effective ways to reduce this violation is by using fixed and mobile radars, which force drivers to drive prudently.

Last year Spain increased the number of radars, and France has also just announced the incorporation of 400 new mobile radars that will operate in different cities in this country. The curious thing is that they have the peculiarity that they will not be used by the police, but by private citizens in private cars.

Traffic police with covert radars?

This is not a new idea, as the Traffic Department began putting it into practice several years ago. Is about hire private citizens to carry mobile radars in their cars and covertly detect speeding violations.

To carry out this measure, The French State hired four companies that were responsible for recruiting drivers and supervising their activities.. The results were extremely successful, since the mobile radars are not detected as the cars that transport them cannot be identified.

People hired for this activity must be drivers without a bad record, with at least 10 out of 12 points on their driving license, and travel at least 1,500 km per month, to obtain a monthly payment of 1,500 euros. The payment is not related to the number of violations registered, but rather to the route taken..

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Is this practice possible in Spain?

In Spain there are also companies contracted to manage cameras and radars, but it is the town councils, and not the DGT, that are in charge of contracting these services, which are located in fixed locations. The companies that manage and manage the fixed cameras and radars are also responsible for detecting violations and reporting them to the corresponding city council. Afterwards, the city council itself will be responsible for imposing and collecting the fine, although the contractors keep up to 50% commission.

Mobile radars, also officially called “portable laser cinemometers”, are found in police vehicles or DGT officials, and there are currently no individuals using them on Spanish highways and roads. In fact, if any city council decided to replicate this French initiative, violations detected with this system would not be considered valid in court.

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However, A video is circulating on social networks in which a driver detects another parked on the shoulder of the N-Va, with a mobile radar on the dashboard and whose driver acknowledges that he is controlling the speed of vehicles on that section, and that he works for the city council. Something that the municipal administration has flatly denied. Who knows, maybe they are already among us.

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