The Telegraph says that until now on motorway speed cameras have mainly been used to enforce variable speed limits on stretches where road works are taking place.
The Telegraph says these new cameras will be “grey rather than bright yellow” and refers to them as “stealth cameras”. It also says the cameras will be operational on more than 100 miles of motorway within two years, and will ultimately cover at least 400 miles of motorway.
Brake welcomed the announcement while the Association of British Drivers (ABD) has condemned it.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: "Speed cameras are a well evidenced, cost-effective way to improve safety and reduce deaths and injuries. Put simply: speed cameras reduce speeding, which helps to prevent deadly crashes.
"Breaking the speed limit is risky and illegal, so only drivers who break the law will face fines."
Roger Lawson, spokesman for the ABD, told the Telegraph: “If these cameras are grey rather than yellow they are going to be harder to spot and so will have no impact in slowing traffic down. If there is a good reason for the traffic to be slowed down then the cameras need to be as visible as possible.”
Also speaking to the Telegraph, a spokesman for the Highways Agency said: “These are not stealth cameras they are more visible than they were before. They are about smoothing the traffic flows and increasing capacity.”