Speed cameras on Britain's busiest motorway have not worked for FIVE years

Speeders who broke the limit on the M25 will be ­astonished to learn they were in little danger of fines - and only could have been caught on one three-mile stretch

Not on: The cameras sit behind overhead signs
Not on: The cameras sit behind overhead signs
Speed cameras monitoring Britain’s busiest ­motorway have not worked for five years.

Jubilant speeders who broke the limit on the M25 will be ­astonished to learn they were in little danger of being fined, the Sunday People can reveal.

And many have been quick to ridicule officials responsible for the gaffe, which has cost a ­fortune in missed penalties.

The cameras sit behind overhead signs that change to tell drivers to slow down to 60, 50 and 40mph at busy periods.

But for technical and legal reasons they have not been turned on since installation ­began in 2009.

The only stretch of the 117-mile London Orbital road on which the overhead cameras ­currently work is the 3.2 miles ­between Junctions 2 and 3 in Kent.

Average speed cameras at roadworks also operate.

Digital cameras on sections between Junction 10 in Surrey and the M40 will be working by the summer, the Highways Agency promised.

But there have been calls for an investigation into the delay.

David Davies, executive ­director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said the cameras were installed without approval that their pictures could be used as evidence in court.

Another problem is that London’s Met Police handed monitoring responsibility to Surrey Police, causing technical issues.

He added: “It’s a cock-up. It’s poor that it’s gone on for so long.

“It’s also a waste of money. The National Audit Office should have a look at this.”

On the Pistonheads site forum, one ­motorist said people who knew the cameras were not ­working could be seen weaving through traffic at up to 90mph

Another, called 2blackhats posted: “It would be very unlike the Government to pass up a chance to relieve us all of a bit more money.”

And richb77 predicted: “ It’s a ruse. Tell everyone they don’t work, then switch them on.”

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “As well as upgrading the cameras from film to digital, the police force carrying out the enforcement changed.

“We are addressing technical aspects to ensure the cameras provide evidence that can demonstrate a criminal offence.”

AA president Edmund King said: “It’s ironic that we have gone from one Transport Secretary talking about 80mph speed limits to the current one talking about 60mph limits on motorways.

“Yet on one of the busiest stretches of motorway, we haven’t been able to enforce the speed limit for years.”

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