The Battle Against Illegal Speed Cameras
UK drivers have heavily criticised the government and authorities over the legality of many of their speed cameras. Although the devices are intended as a ‘deterrent’ from speeding to improve road safety, many dispute that they are simply intended as a revenue system for the government. speed cameras have generated over 100m in the UK In the past year alone.
Traffic police and councils are supposedly taking advantage of vague boundaries and there are many arguments against both fixed speed cameras and mobile units. Experts have also claimed that digital systems are open to tampering but would still leave innocent drivers open to prosecution.
Fixed cameras have been heavily criticized because of their placement and visibility to motorists; many cameras are intentionally located behind large street signs, trees or walls to remain invisible to motorists until it is too late. The law states that speed cameras MUST be in place as a visual deterrent and not an entrapment device which cannot be possible if they are obscured from view, this has caused significant complaints. If the speed limit is 40mph or less, they must be visible from 60m, 100m over 40mph.
Mobile speed camera usage has risen drastically due to the flexibility and range of use they offer. Although there are many rules surrounding the placement and use of these cameras, there is much proof to suggest may traffic enforcers have been acting illegally. A driver can be fined when caught speeding by a mobile camera but if they have no proof the camera was placed illegally; they have no claim to malpractice. Many activists have begun photographing mobile cameras to prove they are acting illegally, many websites offer thousands of images of camera vans parked on pavements with double yellow lines, hidden around bends, in the way of pedestrians and blocking entrances to properties.
Another technicality has been brought to light that since 1992, none of the 6000 speed cameras set up have had acquired the necessary parliamentary approval after a change in legislation. This could mean that virtually every single speeding ticket issue in the UK since 1992 could be illegal and all evidence collected on the roads could be dismissed.