Four new French regions will deploy new private radar cars. The government wishes to extend this lucrative device to the entire metropolitan territory. By the end of 2021, 450 private radar vehicles will be on the road.
The private radar system extended to four new regions
Since 2018, the government has been testing the implementation of a new road control system in four regions: on-board radars driven by private drivers. Thus, 83 vehicles had been put into circulation in the regions of Normandy, Brittany, Center-Val-de-Loire and Pays-de-la-Loire.
Faced with the positive results of this test, the government has decided to extend this control system to four new regions and ultimately to the entire metropolitan territory. So, 120 new private vehicles with on-board radar will strengthen the already existing fleet. They will be deployed in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, in the Grand Est, in Hauts-de-France and in New Aquitaine. The government wants this new kind of fleet to have 450 vehicles by the end of 2021.
A lucrative radar device
Private radar cars have a particular interest, they are more lucrative than radar cars driven by gendarmes or police. Higher profitability which is explained in particular by the number of hours of checks that these radar cars can perform. There where a radar car driven by a member of the police can only circulate for 1 hour 45 minutes per day maximum, the private radar car can drive 5:30 hours. In addition, it is functional during the week but also on weekends.
Thus, deploying this device on a larger scale is for the government a juicy financial operation, which could significantly increase the number of reports drawn up each year. Currently 1.5 million per year, the PV may, according to a study by the League for the Defense of Drivers, reach 10 or 12 million per year. In 2020, the 40 vehicles which were in circulation generated a net profit of 194,000 euros, after deduction of the cost of the car, its maintenance over one year and the salary of the private driver. The private radar car would bring in 130 euros per hour against 28 euros for that driven by the police, again according to a calculation by the League for the Defense of Drivers.