The Government and municipalities are betting on speed cameras to ensure road safety. Lisbon has invested in 41 speed cameras, but those that have already been installed remain off.
According to the information, these speed cameras have already had “a deterrent effect” on the behavior of drivers to comply with speed limits.
“It is evident that only you and I know that they are not working yet, most people in Lisbon do not know”, said the president of the Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP), Carlos Barbosa, in statements to the Lusa agency. , referring that only with the installation of the radar boxes there is “a deterrent effect”, with drivers slowing down when they see the equipment.
The ACP is “completely in agreement” with the installation of new fixed radars in the city of Lisbon, as is the Auto-Mobilized Citizens Association (ACA-M) which considers that investment in equipment is late.
ACP and ACA-M still reject the idea of “hunting the fine”, but disagree on the way to implement the road inspection system.
The 41 new vehicle speed control radars, 20 of which in new locations and the rest to replace old equipment, result from an investment of 2.142 million euros by the Lisbon City Council, undertaken in the previous term, under the presidency of Fernando Medina (PS).
The installation of speed cameras was completed at the end of last year, with Carlos Moedas (PSD) at the helm of Lisbon's municipal executive.
At the end of March, Carlos Moedas indicated that the municipality was working on signaling to inform drivers, without advancing dates for the entry into operation of the radars.
Location of the new speed cameras
According to the road safety system location plan dated June 2021, prepared in the previous municipal mandate, under the presidency of the socialist Fernando Medina, the new locations where these devices will be installed are as follows:
- Santos and Castro Avenues (two radars)
- Avenida Lusiada (two)
- Avenida General Norton de Matos (one)
- Avenida Padre Cruz (two)
- Avenida Marechal Gomes da Costa (one)
- Avenue of India (one)
- Avenida Infante Dom Henrique (two)
- Avenue Dr. Alfredo Bensaude (two)
- Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho (one)
- Avenue of Ceuta (one)
- Avenida Calouste Gulbenkian (one)
- Avenida Marechal Craveiro Lopes (one)
- 2nd Circular (one)
- Avenida dos Combatentes (two).
The 21 radars to be replaced are located on Avenida da Índia and Brasília (two), Infante Dom Henrique (two), de Ceuta (two), Gen. Correia Barreto (two), United States of America (two), Marechal Gomes da Costa (one), Admiral Gago Coutinho (one), Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (one), 05 de Outubro (one), Church (one), City of Porto (one), João XXI (one), Afonso Costa (one), Eng. Duarte Pacheco (one), das Descobertas (one) and in the Second Circular (one).