DRIVER WARNING: Speeding drivers could be fined or BANNED on 40mph motorway

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Permanent speed cameras set at 40mph have been installed on a stretch of the M32 in Bristol

The national speed limit for UK motorways is 70mph but a stretch of the M32 in Bristol has a limit 30mph lower.

Temporary average speed cameras were introduced in July during roadworks, with almost 10,000 motorists caught in two months.

Speeding drivers escaped fines as breaches of the limit were not enforced.

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Temporary average speed cameras were introduced in July during roadworks

Speeding can have fatal consequences. It endangers the lives of other road users

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However, as of today, action will be taken by Avon and Somerset Police following the installation of permanent speed cameras set at 40mph.

The minimum fine for speeding on a motorway is £100 but depending on the severity of the offence it can escalate to £2,500.

Sharon Kostanjsek, police criminal justice road safety manager, said: “Speeding can have fatal consequences. It endangers the lives of other road users. We don’t want to catch people speeding, we want people to obey the speed limits. This limit is being enforced and [we hope it] makes them slow down.”

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Action will be taken by Avon and Somerset Police following the installation of permanent cameras

The new speed cameras coincides with the opening of the southbound MetroBus bus lane.

Mhairi Threlfall, Bristol City Council cabinet member for transport said: “This is good news for everyone that commutes into the city centre. It’s all too easy to forget MetroBus is improving our road system for everyone. It’s not just about providing a faster, more reliable, long-distance bus service.

“It’s about improving the city for motorists, bus users, cyclists and pedestrians.”