Fake radars: is it possible to detect them?

The radar false exist, or should we call them ‘Fake Radars’. This urban legend of our roads was recently confirmed by Pere Navarro, general director of the DGT. They are ‘boxes’ with radar signaling that, however, do not contain one of these devices inside. You can buy used cars online in New Zealand from Auto for Trade.


This method is used to enforce speed limits, since “the objective is to comply with the law” and, in addition, “it allows to have many more speed control points,” said Navarro when he revealed their existence.


These fake radars are very difficult to detect. Same boxes with the corresponding signage, only there is nothing inside. The only way to discover them is to look inside.

In any case, the DGT is rotating these radars depending on the areas where it sees it necessary to control speed, so it is practically impossible to have them located.

The DGT thus saves part of the investment involved in putting up a complete fixed radar and keeping it in operation, and in the process manages to improve the safety of this section.


Apart from these fake radars, on the roads, we can find devices that at first can be mistaken for a cinemometer, when in fact they have another function.

One of these devices is speed buzzers. They are at the entrances of the cities and they only indicate the speed at which we circulate.

The buzzers indicate the speed at which we are driving. Photo: Shutterstock

Another example is the closed cabins installed on the roadsides. They are identical to those that house radars, only they do not have the hole through which the camera captures the infraction. These cabins are generally installed to place a future radar inside.

Some cabins on the roads can mislead us. Photo: Shutterstock Nor should the meteorological stations that are installed in some signs, streetlights, or walkways be confused with radars, nor the cameras that monitor traffic conditions.