Are there fixed speed cameras in Madeira?

Motorcyclist reaches 245 km/h on the Via Rapida

Motorcyclist doing 245km/h on the Via Rapida brings calls for fixed speed cameras

The Diario reports that in recent days, there have been calls for the introduction of fixed speed cameras in the Region after the publication of a video of a motorcyclist who reached a speed of 245 km/h on the Via Rapida. In addition to generating a lot of ‘talk’ on social networks, the video has revived an old theme: the importance of fixed speed cameras for speed control.

Following the many contradictory positions taken by internet users, the newspaper sought to clarify whether there are currently any fixed speed cameras installed on the roads of Madeira.

The installation of fixed speed cameras has been progressing for many years in several cities in Portugal, particularly in Lisbon and Porto. In the case of these two locations, the radars are principally the responsibility of the municipalities or the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR). 

A video, posted on the social network Instagram, is going viral. The images show a motorcyclist driving, on the Via Rapida, and reaching 245 km/h, putting his own life and that of other drivers at risk.

In question are devices, of different characteristics and valences, which allow measuring the speed of vehicles passing through a certain point. There are also devices that allow you to calculate the average speed of a journey between two or more points on the same road, which, although fewer in number (10), have also existed in Portugal for some years.

Speed cameras must be properly signposted

According to the National Road Safety Authority, all places monitored by radars must be properly signposted, since, as that entity points out, the main objective is to deter non-compliance with the respective speed limits, promoting safety on national roads.

Radar cameras, therefore, serve to promote traffic safety, prevent accidents and fine drivers who do not comply with established speed limits.

Managed by ANSR, in Portugal, there has been, since 2016, the National Speed ​​Control System (SINCRO), a network that currently has 62 instantaneous speed control locations installed on various roads of the national road network, not including the regions autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, equipped with 58 radars.

There are no fixed speed cameras in Madeira

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In the Region, the Public Security Police use mobile radars. Diario Photo Archive

And in Madeira, what is the reality? Over here, speeding continues to be identified as one of the main causes of accidents on regional roads. The Diario focussed, above all, on the highways that are under concession to Vialitoral and Viaexpresso. Both companies admit that they do not have or operate radars, fixed or mobile.

Seeking to enlighten the newspaper’s readers, Vialitoral states that “it has VR1 for the operation of the sections under its responsibility (Ribeira Brava – Machico Sul) and for the provision of service on the section under the responsibility of the Regional Directorate of Roads (Machico Sul – Port of Caniçal) of a Traffic Management and Control System (TSGCT) under its full responsibility”.

This system “includes around 380 digital CCTV cameras, including approximately 220 fixed cameras for automatic detection of incidents in the longest tunnels (over 500 meters long), which only capture images, with the aim of improving conditions of road safety and prevention, the protection and safety of people and goods, public or private, with regard to road traffic, the control and monitoring of road traffic, the detection and prevention of accidents and the provision of roadside assistance”.

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Map with Vialitoral video surveillance cameras

Viaexpresso adds that it has “a video surveillance system with image recording composed of 426 fixed cameras and 111 mobile cameras that capture and record images on Expressways, that is, on concessioned public roads that are under operation /company concession”.

In the opinion of this company, “the use of video surveillance is essential for the proper performance of the public service obligations committed to Viaexpresso, which are associated with the aspects for which the video surveillance system is intended, in accordance with the Authorization of the CNPD: «B. Purpose – Protection and safety of people and goods, public or private, with regard to road traffic, the control and monitoring of road traffic, the detection and prevention of accidents and the provision of road assistance. -surveillance are communicated to the Security Forces, the Judicial Authorities and the Grantor (Regional Secretariat for Equipment and Infrastructures / Regional Directorate for Roads)”. 

In this way, it is possible to conclude that, in Madeira, there is no fixed radar in operation on the highways, and the comments that point to this absence are true. “We need some fixed speed cameras”, said one of the Diario’s readers, commenting on the news about the speeding of a motorcyclist, noting that in Madeira there are no fixed speed cameras.

3 thoughts on “Are there fixed speed cameras in Madeira?”

  1. Driving in Madeira is a nightmare – drivers do not indicate where they are going at roundabouts, they use the wrong lane at roundabouts but the worst thing in my experience is tailgating. Some drivers come right up behind you on outside lane when inside lane is full and there is no room to move over! What do they expect to achieve by this behaviour? One such did not leave himself enough braking room and when cars started braking further downhill, he drove into the back of me causing €160 damage to my car and much more to his own as he tried to squeeze between me and central reservation causing a lot of damage to both sides of his own car. I don´t now drive further East than Funchal – crazy driving!

  2. Motorcycles are a menace on this island. I’m not anti motorcycle I have one myself but they ride like they’re in the Moto GP and they are so loud that we’re woken up by them most nights. The lazy ineffectual authorities do nothing.

  3. Here in the UK fixed speed cameras are set up and make a lot of money. After a short period their location becomes common knowledge and traffic slows down for the 100 metres where they are effective. Almost the same thing with Mobile Cameras, mainly mounted in large distinctive vans, which motorists see and helpfully flash their lights at fellow drivers as a warning. We have police operated cameras where the Police hide behind a tree which seem the most effective. I think it’s very sporting of the Madeiran Police to publish and warn the motorist where they are going to use their cameras.


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