Speed cameras should be used to detect vehicles that are being driven without valid insurance, MOT or VED, according to an IAM Roadsmart survey.
It revealed that 90% of motorists, who were surveyed as part of the charity’s annual Safety Culture Report, backed the idea that speed cameras should also be used to catch drivers who are flouting these motoring violations.
Estimates suggest that someone is injured every 20 minutes on UK roads by an uninsured driver and that more than a quarter of motorists don’t even know when their vehicle’s next MOT is due, while there’s around 630,000 unlicenced vehicles in the UK.
Neil Greig, 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 but it should not be overlooked the suffering that drivers of vehicles which are uninsured, unlicenced and without a valid MOT can cause other road users.”
The study discovered that an overwhelming majority (82%) supported using cameras to automatically fine drivers who run red lights in urban areas.
It also found that 80% of motorists were in favour of using cameras to automatically fine drivers who drive more than 10mph over the speed limit on residential streets.
Greig added: “There is no excuse for speeding, driving uninsured, unlicenced 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 law breakers off our roads could significantly help reduce the number of casualties caused by motorists with no regard for their motoring responsibilities.”