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Speed Camera Law & Development 2001

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.

June 2001 Incorrect Information. It has been reported that some drivers have been wrongly accused of speeding because of glitches in the speed camera system. The problems have arisen due to registration numbers being misread or the date and time of the alleged offence being wrong, or in some cases drivers had not informed the DVLA of the change of ownership so the records held by the DVLA were wrong.
This is a very serious situation because apart from the fine, some drivers may have wrongly lost their licence due the totting up procedure. The problem will have to be sorted out quickly otherwise the whole system will fall into disrepute.

More Cameras. After an initial pilot scheme by 8 police forces, others who successfully submit a scheme and are approved by the government will be allowed to keep some of the money from fixed penalties earned from the cameras. The income will then be used to fund the scheme and provide more cameras resulting in more income for more cameras... 

The number of cameras is expected to treble from the current network of 4,300 and the extra cash will enable police forces to fit cameras in all the boxes, until now only one in three or four boxes contain a camera and film, although it was not known which ones they were because they all flashed at us. But from now on if we speed we can expect a fine and points on our licence.

Cats eye Cameras. A new type of camera could be installed in cats eyes in the centre of the road. These will not be obvious to drivers unless they are clearly signposted, and it is hoped that they will only be used where there is a speed related problem.

July 2001 Too many drivers still speeding. Figures published by DTLR show that 66% of cars exceeded the 30 mph limit in urban areas, and on 40 mph roads 25% of drivers were speeding.

Fines up, crashes down in camera zones.  In the 8 areas where the pilot scheme has been running, prosecutions have increased up to 18-fold and the numbers killed and seriously injured have been cut by between 8 per cent and 14 per cent compared with a national average decrease of 2 per cent. Car accident claim company profits and viability are down.

LEGAL HELPLINE: ☎ 0844 414 1982

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