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Just had this in an email.
I don't know how genuine it is though I thought you should know...

"Those new electronic signs on the M4 were switched on this Tuesday.
The bad news is that they are rigged with the SPECS speed cameras.
SPECS is a computer-camera based system. As you go past the sign a digital camera reads your number plate. When you go past the next sign your number plate is read again. The computer 'knows' how far apart the signs are so it can work out your average speed between the two, or three or four.
The system is fully automatic and will issue a ticket without any form of human intervention. It does this for every single vehicle that passes.
You will not know you've been caught as the cameras don't flash.
They work 24/7, 365 days a year, and theoretically, there's absolutely no limit on the number of tickets that the system can issue.
The whole section of the M4 between Theale (J12) and Membury Services (between 14 and 15) is wired, both ways. The system is set to trigger a ticket at 78 mph. Radar detectors will be of no use as SPECS is entirely passive, there is no radar or laser beam to detect."

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Someone else has just emailed me the following information.
I suggest you make up your own minds!

"This was going around a while ago - looks like it might be a hoax - this is the statement from the Thames Valley Police website - you can make your own mind up!

New M4 Road Gantry Signs

Picture Highways Agency

The Highways Agency has installed new signs between J 12 and J 14 of the M4 as part of a year long pilot project to reduce congestion and collisions. The signs have two CCTV cameras. One which monitors the sign itself to make sure its working and displaying the right message; and another to monitor the congestion to evaluate the effect the sign is having on the traffic.

There are NO speed cameras and NO SPECS cameras in the signs!

The only involvement Thames Valley Police has is to change the messages on the signs according to the conditions to give up-to-date information. This is done via our control room.

The signs are owned by the Highways Agency.
There is detailed information about the project on the Highways Agency website. Please follow the link below or call them on 0845 955 6575.

http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/ms4/09.htm"

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SPECS is live in wales,
it went on-line about 3 months ago but so far only covers the west of the country. so almost everyone on the forum should be safe. just watch yourself if you go further west then Swansea.
 

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iam not sure on that one matrix, i no alll the camaras in london are yellow but around my area there are many grey ones still, could it be that they have to paint them yellow if they are hidden?
Any sort of camara i put on the brakes anyway just to b safe!

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The_Matrix said:
I thought speed cameras and all that stuff should be painted yellow? Are they actually allowed to do such a thing?
yes i thought speed cameras had to be painted yellow as well for them to be legal!
 

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I think the ruling is that the cameras have to be yellow if the police force wish to have the income from the cameras in their area. (At least, that's what the original ruling was.)

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