Speed camera operator confirms drivers can break limits by 10 percent – other myths busted12/14/2020
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Speed camera expert Gareth Thomas has also revealed cameras can be hidden from drivers while offenders can pick up multiple offences on the same day. Mr Thomas has also confirmed speed camera operators are also in place to pick up other motoring offences which could see many issued penalties even if they were driving within the limit.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA said visibility was the “biggest deterrent” to stop road offences.
He said: “No one can argue that speeding kills, so it is interesting to get the views of traffic officers on the front line.
“Clearly, the police know that visibility is the biggest deterrent to stop any traffic offences and shows why the AA has consistently called for more cops in cars to make our roads safer.
“Drivers may not have known that these schemes also capture someone using the mobile phone behind the wheel.
“No one should be in any doubt that these vans are dispatched to help save lives.”
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Do speed vans have to be visible?
Despite common assumptions that cameras cannot secretly film drivers, there are no official laws in place which make this mandatory.
Therefore, operators can secretly hide on the edge of roads to catch out unsuspecting motorists if they wish.
However many do not choose this approach as being visible on the road can act as a deterrent and slow down traffic in its own right.
Mr Thomas said: “Legally, we don’t have to be visible.
“I could camouflage myself if I wanted to – but it’s all about being fair, education and preventing an accident.
“Even if I parked my van and went for a walk somewhere, it would deter people speeding right away.”
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Does the 10 percent rule exist?
Mr Thomas has confirmed drivers will not get a speeding ticket if thor speed is within 10 percent plus 1mph.
However, Go Safe has revealed thresholds can vary between police forces and is not a blanket rule.
Auto Express says the majority of UK regions did allow motorists to exceed the limit but officers in Nottinghamshire and Scotland failed to confirm whether an extra buffer was in place.
Can drivers be caught twice on the same day?
Multiple speeding offences picked up within the same 20 minute period will be considered one offence.
However, after this period has ended multiple offences can be issued meaning drivers can be hit with several charges.
Mr Thomas says this can be quite common on roads where several speed cameras have been placed on the same route.
However, courts have the discretion to say offences were committed “on the same occasion” meaning just one set of fines or points may still be issued.
What other penalties are picked up?
Mr Thomas has warned speed camera officers can also issue penalties for not wearing a seatbelt or using a phone behind the wheel.
Getting distracted by anything other than the road while behind the wheel could also see drivers issued penalties.
Mr Thomas said: “It is endorsable. I had one lady in view once and she was looking in the mirror and putting lipstick on.
“She was riding on the cats eyes in the centre of the road and veering. I recommended that she was prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.”
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