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Motorcycles targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras

Published: 04 April 2008

Updated: 19 November 2014

Motorcyclists will be targeted with new multi-directional speed cameras capable of filming us from the front, side and rear.

The camera system was unveiled as it claimed motorcyclists have got away with serious offences because ordinary cameras failed to identify them.

A publicity video for the new camera system showed two cases, including one in which a rider appears to hit 137mph. In both cases the rider is filmed from the front, so his number plate is not visible.

The promotional clip features flashing images and messages and a bizarre rave dance music sound track.  

John Fairey, manager of Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, said: “This new equipment will put motorcycles on a level footing with car drivers, whereas previously we have had difficulty in identifying motorcyclists because they don't have front number plates.”

The new camera system, called the Commander, can be fitted to exiting speed camera vans.

Fairey told MCN: “You’ve got the rear facing camera but you’ve also got a front facing one and cameras on the sides, so you’ve got four things recording.”

Watch the clip here:

To find out why Commanders are likely to soon appear across the country, get MCN, on sale April 9.

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