Flanders: ‘more than 80% of speed cameras are operational’
Today, slightly more than 80% of the almost 1.400 speed cameras along the Flemish regional roads are operational. In May 2018, it was still 84%. The original goal was to have 85% of them operational by the end of 2018 in the Flemish Region, and at least 81% per province.
Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), admits that the ambitious goals are not met yet. Some provinces do better than others, though: East and West Flanders with respectively 86,47% and 84,29% do well; Antwerp (72,1%) and Limburg (77,21%) are lagging behind.
The Antwerp figures are influenced by the process of the necessary permits for the repair of the installations. In 2018, Flemish authorities invested 215.444 euros in the mending of speed cameras.
New generation cameras
Further increase of the target figures seems not to be realistic with the actual type of speed cameras (with loop detection). The inductive detection loops in the road surface often are the Achilles heel, and they are determining for the percentage of performing.
That is why the Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer) wants to invest in new generation traffic lights and speed cameras without detection loops. According to Minister Peeters, the first installations are planned for the fourth quarter of 2019.