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Thread: Tyre cameras revealed

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    Tyre cameras revealed

    Shock over tyre scanner built into the road that is set to fine motorists with insufficient tread
    It looks like nothing more than a grate on the road, but the device in this picture is a sophisticated scanner that detects illegal tread depths as vehicles pass by. And it could be the British police’s new speed camera.


    The set-up uses a combination of high-speed cameras and lasers to accurately measure the depth of each tyre groove, and sounds a warning if the central 75 per cent of the tyre has less than 1.6mm of tread.






    The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) confirmed that its advisor on road policing enforcement technology, Trevor Hall, had seen the 50,000 Euro (£43,000) device on a visit to maker ProContour in Germany.


    Hall is a well known advocate of speed cameras, and formerly ran the Essex Safety Camera Partnership. He also advises the Home Office on approving technology for police use. Florian Hitzler, ProContour marketing director, said of Hall’s visit: “He was quite excited.”


    An ACPO spokesman told Auto Express that evidence from the scanner wouldn’t initially result in points. “It would be used as a screening tool, with 
a checkpoint beyond,” he said.


    However, motoring groups are concerned about police targeting drivers with the technology.Adrian Tink of the RAC said: “Should this be a priority when resources are limited? £43,000 could fill a lot of potholes, and issues such as drink-driving or driving while using a mobile are more important.


    “Anything that improves safety is welcome. But motorists are going to be left scratching their heads if they start getting fines or points for their tyres.”


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    Re: Tyre cameras revealed

    the govt wont approve sumit that costs neally 50k each if they are trying to save money

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrighty View Post
    the govt wont approve sumit that costs neally 50k each if they are trying to save money
    They'd make more than 10 times that in the first year from installing one of these on the right road....

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    there would be ways around it you could say you had mud in your tyre tread or miss the sensors i cant see these being on our roads any time soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    It looks like nothing more than a grate on the road, but the device in this picture is a sophisticated scanner that detects illegal tread depths as vehicles pass by. And it could be the British police’s new speed camera.


    The set-up uses a combination of high-speed cameras and lasers to accurately measure the depth of each tyre groove, and sounds a warning if the central 75 per cent of the tyre has less than 1.6mm of tread.




    The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) confirmed that its advisor on road policing enforcement technology, Trevor Hall, had seen the 50,000 Euro (£43,000) device on a visit to maker ProContour in Germany.


    Hall is a well known advocate of speed cameras, and formerly ran the Essex Safety Camera Partnership. He also advises the Home Office on approving technology for police use. Florian Hitzler, ProContour marketing director, said of Hall’s visit: “He was quite excited.”

    He needs to get out more, but seriously why send all that money on crap? Fill some bloody pot holes!"
    You wouldn't cut me up like that if I had an on board camera would you?

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    Gets my vote. What better way to invest cash instead of improving junctions to be less dangerous, redesigning speed ramps so they don't kack your tracking up or moving zebra crossings out of junctions? Or indeed filling in potholes that are so dangerous for all road users
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    Illegal tyres should be replaced, especially in this country with the rain we have.

    I would be happy to run tyres down to 0mm in dry weather but not in UK, it's just dangerous.

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