VASCAR Device not working
A little bird recently whispered to me that
the Vascar device used by police forces all over Scotland,
to detect speeding motorists, may have to be scrapped. The
word on the street is that when the police were carrying out
further tests on the devices down in England they discovered
that their new fangled radio devices interfere with the
This means that if you have a case pending where the method
of detection was the Vascar then you have a better than
average chance of beating the charge. Police would normally
be expected to have their radio equipment switched on when
on patrol in a speed detection unit therefore you can pretty
well bet that the evidence that was obtained can be attacked
on the grounds that the device is not reliable.
The VASCAR device has until recently been a device that did
not require Home Office approval. It has been in use for
about 30 years in Scotland but recent developments mean it
has been integrated with what is described as the Police
Pilot and PROVIDA system. Basically a handheld device and a
video interface. I suspect the additional technology may
have had something to do with the recent problems but who
You can bet that we will investigate every case we have and
make sure our defence expert is available to comment on the
radio interference issue.
It may well be that appeals will require to be lodged in
connection with cases where people have been convicted on
the basis of this potentially, dodgy device.
For anyone who wants to discuss where to go with a VASCAR
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