Highways Agency: Incompetence or Fraud?
I was driving home from a kart race last week.
It was around 11pm and as I was about to turn off the motorway the overhead gantry read;
“Stranded vehicle ahead”.
I know this stretch of road on the M20 and so knew that there are “smart motorway” cameras about a mile or so down the road from where I was turning off.
I almost carried on my planned route but thought to myself “I bet there’s no stranded vehicle and this is just another excuse to turn the cameras on”.
So my curiosity led me back on to the motorway to see with my own eyes and… you guessed it:
70mph turned to 50mph, to 40mph and then back to 70mph.
And of course, no stationary vehicle.
There can surely only be two possible explanations for this;
1) That there was a stranded vehicle earlier and the signs and variable speed limit cameras hadn’t been turned off (incompetence) or;
2) That there was never a stranded vehicle in the first place and it was just an excuse to switch on the cameras (fraud).
How is it possible that in one of the Worlds leading democracies the Highways Agency is being allowed to commit this fraud (or behave so incompetently) time and time — and time — again all over the UK?
Just last week I was travelling back from Aylesbury on the M1 and came across the variable limit just before the M25.
Each time I braked heavily to avoid the suddenly stopping traffic I looked in the rear view mirror and winced, hoping no one was going to plough in to the back of my car
The abuse of these variable limits by the Highways Agency is sheer insanity and we need to find a way to get our voices heard…
Please post your suggestions below!