VASCAR Could Be Unreliable says Police Memo

VASCAR Could Be Unreliable says Police Memo from 1st Road Traffic Law Specialists Scotland

By: 1st Road Traffic Law Specialists Scotland  08/02/2009
Keywords: speed cameras, Expert Speeding Lawyer, VASCAR speeding

Martin Williams of the Glasgow Herald recently ran the following story in which he claimed issues exist in relation to use of the VASCAR speed detection device.

"Now their reliability is being questioned after the professional voice of police leadership in Scotland advised forces to stop using the Vascar (Vehicle Average Speed Computer and Recorder), Police Pilot and Provida speed scanners while a "potential issue" is resolved.

Strathclyde Police has banned their use following a warning from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland that there was a particular concern about their use alongside the emergency services' Airwave digital communications system

It is also understood that there is disquiet about the effect of radio waves from mobile phones, pagers, and radio and TV transmitters, CB radios and amateur radios.

It has raised the question of the validity of a horde of speeding convictions.

Speed was said to be a factor in 29% of the 3000 road deaths that occurred on Britain's roads in the same year.

Graham Walker, a Glasgow- based lawyer who specialises in fighting road traffic cases, said: "This development would give us a lot of ammunition. The first thing we would do in fighting these cases is to instruct experts to look at these machines and give evidence on why they cannot be relied upon.

"With every client where I have a case pending, we will now investigate and look at the whole issue of interference and ask for disclosure from the police and the Crown to find out what information they have about reliability."

The Vascar and Police Pilot are in-car speed detection devices. They can either be used to measure time taken over a pre-determined distance or while following a vehicle on the road.

Vascar units were first fitted to police vehicles as early as the mid-1970s and are among the most popular "weapons of choice" for catching speeders.

The Provida is an in-car speed detector linked to a video camera, which is a familiar site on reality police TV programmes such as Police Camera Action.

For all three detection systems, police officers must trigger switches that start and stop the timing devices. Device error, often blamed on the officer using a unit, is often brought up as a defence when motorists challenge charges.

Clearly all specialist road traffic solicitors will have serious concerns about the use of these device and will require to make their own investigations about why Chief Inspector Andrew orr's office would allow such a memo to be dispatched.

ACPO have since issued another memo claiming that all is well where the device is used in accordance with the normal ACPO guideline but these guidelines were written before the introduction of the Airwave devices.

The moral of this story is get a specialist solicitor to help win your case if you have been charged by the police using VASCAR equipment. The vascar is usually used from apolice car following you and subsequently pulling you over for a verbal warning and a ticket however they can issue written Notices of Intended proscution where the VASCAR has been used to time your vehicel from a stationary observation position. If in doubt contact a specialist firm at the earliest opportunity.

Keywords: Expert Speeding Lawyer, speed cameras, VASCAR speeding

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