The Council of Ministers approved this Thursday the expense related to the acquisition of new radars for the activities of the National Network of Automatic Speed Inspection.
Accounts made, Portugal will invest 8.5 million euros and install another 50 radars. Know where they will be installed.
Portugal will increase the National Automatic Speed Inspection Network (SINCRO). This is a telematic system that constitutes the physical and technological infrastructure (equipment, software, telecommunications and energy) of the automatic speed surveillance service.
According to the statement by the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR), the reinforcement of the current 60 speed control sites – 50 installed in 2016/2017 and 10 in 2019 – will increase to 110. Such an increase will allow a significant increase in the levels of deterrence in non-compliance with speed limits and consequently in reducing road accidents
The SINCRO expansion will include 20 new Speed Control Locations (LCV) for the average speed control between two points and 30 LCV of instant speed.
The new radars will make it possible to control the average speed between two points, and the ability to measure the speed of several vehicles at the same time, even in cases where they travel side by side or at an inappropriate distance from each other.
The new 50 LCV will be equipped rotatingly with 30 new radars – 10 that allow the control of average speed between two points and 20 that only allow the control of the instantaneous speed – increasing the installed capacity from 40 to 70 radars.
Where will the new speed cameras be installed?
Among others, the locations for installing the new radars are:
- EN5 in Palmela
- EN10 in Vila Franca de Xira
- EN101 in Vila Verde
- EN106 in Penafiel
- EN109 in Bom Sucesso
- IC19 in Sintra
- IC8 in Sertã
The selection of the locations for the installation of the new radars was based on, among other factors, the level of accidents that existed there and in which excessive speed proved to be one of the causes for this accident.
In the first 6 months of 2020, 55,320,244 vehicles were inspected, more than 300,000 per day, which corresponded to an increase of 29%, compared to the same period in 2019 (42,842,087). This growth was essentially due to the increased inspection carried out by SINCRO on the responsibility of ANSR, which went into operation in 2016.
In 2019, SINCRO inspected 77,152,372 vehicles and, in the first 6 months of 2020, 49,749,698 vehicles, being already responsible for 90% of the total vehicles inspected by speed in Mainland Portugal.