This article outlines the law on speeding in the UK, and describes three types of equipment that the police use to help its enforcement. Under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984, the basic speeding offences are: (1) exceeding a signed speed limit, such as the 30mph limit; (2) exceeding a temporary limit, for example at roadworks; (3) exceeding a limit for a specific class of vehicle; and (4) exceeding the speed limit on a specific class of road. The Association of Chief Police Officers has issued guidelines for officers on speed enforcement. There must generally either be a second witness to an offence, and/or evidence from measuring equipment. Drivers should be stopped if they exceed the speed limit by 10% plus 2mph. There are three key types of equipment used to enforce speed and red light offences. Vascar and Police Pilot devices are generally mounted in police cars, and essentially measure time and distance. They are the 'conventional' equipment for catching offenders on high-speed roads such as motorways. Fixed roadside cameras, often known as 'Gatsos', are mounted on boxes at many UK sites, and monitor red light infringement and/or speeding. Police officers can use several devices for making snap speed checks, including portable Gatsos at specific speeding sites, and hand-held radar or laser speed guns.

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    Freight Transport Association

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  • Publication Date: 1995-12


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 16-7
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 28
    • Issue Number: 12
    • Publisher: Freight Transport Association
    • ISSN: 0016-0849

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  • Accession Number: 00720796
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: May 24 1996 12:00AM