Nearly half of the cameras on the busiest sections of the M25 broke down and staff were unable to verify reports of broken down vehicles, leaving motorists stranded, it was reported.
It was revealed earlier this year that 53 people had died on smart highways in the four years leading up to 2019.
Of those deaths, 18 were due to the functioning of the roads – sparking anger among families who have lost loved ones on the roads.
Niaz Shazad’s mother, Nargis Begum, has died after being hit by a truck on the M1.
He said: “With people, including my own mother, being killed on these roads, there must be some responsibility. “
Sally Jacobs’ husband was killed on a section of the M1 where there was no shoulder.
She said: “’This is no longer manslaughter, it is murder. They know they are killing their citizens.
” What are they waiting for ? A wagon full of kids to kill or something horrible?
According to a Daily Mail report on the cameras, some were facing the sky – without even focusing on the road.
Others were so misty with condensation that the cars were indistinguishable.
Roads Minister Mike Penning authorized the expansion of smart highways in 2010 and called on the government to act.
Sir Mike said: “The current system is not working and it is just too dangerous. “
When he initially gave the green light to the project, there were safe stopping points for motorists every 600 meters – however, some are now 2.5 miles apart.
It is no longer manslaughter, it is murder. They know they are killing their citizens.
Sarah Jacobs, whose husband was killed in a car crash
A spokesperson for the ministry said last night: “Road safety is always our top priority.
“We take these allegations very seriously and will ensure that National Highways conduct a thorough investigation,” they added.
As part of an undercover operation, the Daily Mail reported that a worker in a smart highway control room said: “We have no signal, you are all going to die. Whichever God you believe in, start praying now. “
The control room under investigation was South Mimms in Hertfordshire, which operates intelligent motorway sections on the M25, M1 and M4.
It was revealed that operators could not stop traffic if there was a broken down driver.
Four people died in an accident on August 23 between J26 and J27 on the M25 and this was not picked up by CCTV.
According to the Daily Mail, an operator said: “It’s annoying when you have an incident and the only camera that maybe picked it up and there’s no picture because it’s facing the sky or the ground or the fields. “