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French government to extend private radar car use

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French government has unveiled plans to extend use of private radar cars following trial in Normandy. 

Unmarked cars equipped with hidden speed cameras are to be rolled out in three more regions of France from January 2020, the government has announced.

The Connexion reports that a total of 60 vehicles will be deployed in Brittany, Centre-Val de Loire and Pays de la Loire in the new year after the government deemed a year-long trial in Normandy a success.

Cars, which are operated by private companies, became operational in Normandy in April 2018. They recorded more than 12,000 speed violations in a year.

A call for tenders to allow private companies to take over the market is expected to be published soon. Each region will be operated by a different company, which will be expected to cover 200,000 kilometres of roads in each region every month, according to The Connexion.

The private unmarked speed cars operate a least six hours a day, compared to the average of 1 hour ans 15 minutes for police-driven vehicles.

 
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