You will find speed cameras all over
Scotland. They are not invincible. We win speed camera cases
everyday. There is no easy formula to follow. Each case
needs to be tackled head on and every angle checked. That is
what we will do if you want us to deal with a speed camera
case for you.
The infamous GATSO tends to be sited at
the side of the road. In the past it used induction loops
laid into the road to detect speeding drivers but now most
models use radar. In Scotland they tend to be set so that
they can only "observe" one side of the road. The old film
devices are being replaced with digital technology that
takes the picture, the computer then accesses registered
keeper details and automatically prints a letter to serve on
the registered keeper. The photograph is of the back of the
vehicle therefore it is difficult if not impossible to
identify the driver with the photographs obtained. We
visited the factory last year and have to admit that they
run a really impressive operation.
The Truvelo speed camera is a lot like the
GATSO but it has the added advantage of being able to
position it facing in either direction. It can photograph
oncoming vehicles therefore can get a shot of your face as
you drive past. How and when such a photograph can be used
against you in evidence is questionable. It raises some
interesting points about your human rightsand the right to
"private life" They are also cheaper than the GATSO. When we
last checked the GATSO cost around £44,000 and the Truvelos
were around £28,000. Although you will see a flash in your
mirror when you speed past a GATSO the Truvelo doesn't do
that. It uses infra red light so no flash required.
The SPECS speed camera system is well know to
anyone who trvels up and down to Ayr. They are sited on
gantries over the road and have been nicknamed "the yellow
vultures" They consist of a couple of video cameras that use
infra red to allow them to work 24/7.
Drivers pass between the
entry and exit camera points positioned along the relevant
roadway. (Normally Dual carriageway or motorway) their
number plates are digitally recorded,
Then, by ANPR recognition, the images on the video of
matching number plates are paired up, and because each image
carries a date and time stamp, the computer can establish
your average speed between the cameras.
Again similiar to the GATSO. Peek cameras use
inductive loops in the roadway to detect the speed
contravention then take a photograph of the back of the
Again similar to the dreaded GATSO but use piezo electric
cells for speed detection of the vehicle. The piezos are positioned in the
ground at start and end position. These guys take a photograph of the back of
the car so again an identification issue may arise depending upon how you
respond to the Notice of Intended Penalty.
The Road Safety Initiatives throughout
Scotland use a variety of mobile and hand devices to detect
speeding. Sometimes referred to as the "Talivan"
These systems include; Mini-Gatso, TSS
system and Teletraffic (laser guns). LTI 20/20,Mini-Gatso,
the technology used in a Mini-Gatso unit is very similar to
that used within a fixed position Gatso speed camera, using
radar. Laser technology is radically different and involves
aiming a laser beam at a vehicles number plate from a great
distance away. There have been very few scientific studies
regarding the effect of large distance detection eg. Has the
beam spread wide enough to detect the white reflective road
When used from a bridge does the angle of
detection effect the reading etc etc.
The "Road Safety Teams" use vehicles
installed with laser speed traps to detect speeding vehicles
from a distance of 1000 metres or more. Clients often say
that they could not have been detected as the van was too
far away. Issues arise in connection with the laser
equipment and we await the outcome of an interesting appeal
pending at the High Court in Edinburgh regarding the proper
authorisation of such laser speed detectors in Scotland.