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Speed Camera Law & Development 2002 - 2003

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

Please note that we only deal with personal injury compensation
claims and we do not provide advice on speeding offences.

September 2002 Motorists facing 1000 more Mobile Speed Cameras. It has emerged that the number of mobile speed cameras will more than treble by the end of the year.  The growth in mobile cameras will come in those areas which have signed up to the Government's 'Partnership' scheme.
Police figures have revealed that the number of cameras in the Government's 'Safety Cameras Partnership' will rocket by a staggering 225 per cent - from 400 to 1400.
New Government rules say cameras installed by forces in the partnership have to be visible and operate from clearly marked vans with advance warning signs.  They also have to be placed at accident black spots. Lawyers are sceptical as to whether or not car accident compensation UK claims will be reduced by the blizzard of new cameras.
November 2002 Hidden Cameras Purge. Police chiefs have been told to remove hidden speed cameras  or face losing the money they raise from drivers' fines.
Transport minister John Spellar is said to be furious that police forces are breaching the rules which state that cameras must not be obscured.
A transport department spokesman said: "We will be contacting the local camera partnerships - involving police, local authorities and the Highways Agency - to raise this"
Money raised from fines is ploughed back into the scheme, but camera mountings must be bright yellow and clearly visible.  There must also be warnings of their presence.
March 2003 Some New Cameras may be Hidden. Following the threat of a judicial review the Department of Transport has agreed that the visibility rules could be flexible so as to permit the use in exceptional circumstances of covert fixed speed cameras as well as covert mobile cameras.
Car accident compensation UK lawyers have expressed doubt that these hidden cameras will contribute in any way to accident reduction.

Signs, not Cameras Make Roads Safer. Research has shown that electronic signs which warn speeding motorists to slow down are more effective than cameras in reducing accidents. Using radar to measure a vehicles speed, the automated signs cost far less to install and operate than cameras.
The Transport Research Laboratory report stated that speeds dropped by up to 7mph at junctions and bends where there were there were signs.  When triggered by a car exceeding the speed limit, they can flash up messages ranging from a roundel indicating the correct speed limit to a warning to "Slow Down".

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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