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UK has ‘more speed cameras’ than the USA

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The UK has 900 more speed cameras than the USA and the fourth highest of any country, according to new research from Redex

With some 7,000 speed cameras in the UK, only Brazil (18,206), Italy (10,551) and Russia (10,525) have more, while there are just 3,340 in France.

Highest number of known speed cameras

Country

Red light camera

Speed camera (Gatso)

Dual Red Light/Speed

Section Control (SPECS)

other

total

Brazil

1 164

14 015

3 002

8

17

18,206

Italy

1 878

7 875

184

560

54

10,551

Russia

1 248

6 775

136

1 805

561

10,525

UK

780

3 982

216

1 959

5

6,942

USA

4 304

1 567

161

-

9

6,041

Germany

459

3 804

362

2

26

4,653

France

720

2 356

57

204

3

3,340

United Arab Emirates

436

2 046

236

-

-

2,718

Belgium

31

877

1 000

762

2

2,672

Source: SCDB

Looking at global speed limits for motorways and roads in rural and urban areas, Redex reports that in the US, some states allow vehicles to travel up to 75mph (120kph) in urban areas – 5 mph more than the legal limit on motorways in the UK.

The UK maximum for urban areas is typically 30-40mph depending on the type of road, with some roads around schools employing a 20mph speed limit.

Bahrain and Nepal employ the next highest speed limits in urban areas, both having a 50mph (80.47 kph) maximum.

Highest speed limits in urban areas

Country

Urban KPH

Urban MPH

USA

120

75

Bahrain

80

50

Nepal

80

50

Uzbekistan

70

44

Somalia

65

40

Zimbabwe

60

37

Côte d'Ivoire

60

37

Cameroon

60

37

Mali

60

37

Tanzania

60

37

On motorways, the USA imposes a 70mph speed limit, which is significantly lower than some countries.

Indeed, four countries – including Germany with its autobahns – do not enforce any speed limit on motorways, while others, including Iraq, Bulgaria and the UAE have an 87mph (140kph) motorway limit.

Highest motorway speed limits

Country

Motorway KPH

Motorway MPH

Angola

N/A

No Limit

Germany

N/A

No Limit

Pakistan

N/A

No Limit

Andorra

N/A

No Limit

Nepal

N/A

No Limit

Bahamas

N/A

No Limit

United Arab Emirates

140

87

Iraq

140

87

Bulgaria

140

87

In terms of the lowest motorway speed limits, the fastest you can travel in Bhutan is 31mph (50kph) and in Bangladesh, Bolivia and Fiji it is 50mph (80kph).

Lowest motorway speed limits

Country

Motorway KPH

Motorway MPH

Bhutan

50

31

Gibraltar

50

31

Papua New Guinea

75

47

Bangladesh

80

50

Cayman Islands

80

50

Aruba

80

50

Barados

80

50

Bolivia

80

50

Honduras

80

50

Fiji

80

50

Meanwhile, the maximum on rural roads in Bangladesh is 19mph (30kph), dropping to 16mph (25kph) in urban areas. In the Cayman Islands, rural roads employ a speed limit of 25mph (40kph) and 19mph (30kph) in built-up areas.

Lowest speed limit in rural areas

Country

Rural KPH

Rural MPH

Bangladesh

30

19

Cayman Islands

40

25

Bhutan

50

31

Haiti

50

31

Gibraltar

50

31

Aruba

60

37

Barados

60

37

Kiribati

60

37

Liberia

60

37

North Korea

60

37

The Redex research suggests that there are at least some 91,000-plus known speed cameras around the world. It says that recent speed camera data, from the Speed Camera Data Base (SCDB) https://www.scdb.info/en/stats/ , suggests that there are around 59,825 known and active speed traps globally, 3,990 of which are in the UK.

However, Redex says that does not include variable speed limit cameras on motorways, red light cameras, and other traffic control cameras – of which there are estimated to be roughly 31,000 around the world.

Redex said: “Whatever your view on speed cameras, their presence almost certainly contributes to the safety of our roads.

“Here in Britain, we’re fortunate to have the safest roads of any country in Europe, and the prevalence of speed cameras and tough penalties for speeding have a part to play in maintaining road safety.”

Redex is a developer of fuel additives and system cleaners. 


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  • David Dunn - 28/09/2020 08:56

    Based solely on my take on the standard of driving I see, I would like to see red light camera's rolled out nationally. It would be interesting to see how many accidents are caused by people ignoring/chancing lights. I doubt there are stats available that show where a driver has chanced it at the lights, but it would be good to compare vs speed if these are available.

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