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Mobile Speed Camera Rules – What You Need To Know 2022

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Have you been caught speeding? Want to know more about mobile speed camera rules? Then this post is for you.

Getting out of speeding fines is not as easy as you think, which I cover in this post. Read on to learn more about the rules governing mobile speed cameras.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances, parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat with an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

How does a mobile speed camera work?

If you’re caught going too fast by a mobile speed camera, you’ve been snapped by laser technology! However, for a speed camera to accurately measure your speed, the officer/operator has to see your car.

Note: A police officer doesn’t have to see the entire vehicle while on the opposite side of the highway to catch you speeding.

How many motorists are caught speeding?

Government statistics revealed that 50% of motorists broke speed limits on motorways (January to March 2021).

The study revealed that 56% of motorists broke roads’ 30mph speed limit.

What are mobile speed camera rules?

Local police forces generally use mobile speed cameras in accident hotspots. However, there are guidelines on where the cameras are placed and what they look like.

The guidelines are: 

  • Operators must wear fluorescent clothing and be clearly visible. Their vehicles should also have reflective strips on them too
  • Signage should be visible where a mobile camera is in operation (although not mandatory)
  • A mobile speed camera should be tested and reviewed regularly (every 6 months)

Note: You can’t use any of the above as a defence to get out of paying a mobile speed camera fine! 

Do mobile speed cameras have a 10 Tolerance?

It’s fair to say there is a tolerance for speeding, which is 10%+2mph above the speed limit. So, in short, a speed camera flashes you speeding but allows for this tolerance – in most instances, that is!

However, when a police officer uses a mobile speed camera, they can enforce different levels and rules!

Note: According to Go Safe, a speed limit is set at the fastest you should go. It’s not a ‘target speed’.

How many mph over the speed limit is a ban?

You may get a disqualification when you’re caught doing in excess of 100mph! The same applies if you’re doing more than 30mph above a set speed limit.

But you may get lucky because a court decides whether a ban is necessary. In short, in some instances, motorists may not get a disqualification for going that fast.

Note: You can find guidelines for speeding on this link.

Do mobile speed cameras need to give warning signs?

Mobile speed cameras can be used in unmarked vehicles without warning motorists of their presence! However, when there’s a sign ahead of the camera, it’s usually enough of a deterrent to slow down.

Do I have to declare a speed awareness course to my insurer?

No, you don’t have to tell your insurance provider about a speed awareness course. Not telling them will not affect your policy.

What are the rules about warning drivers of a mobile speed camera?

The general consensus is not to warn other drivers there’s a mobile speed camera ahead. This is because you may be breaking the law. That said, many motorists flash their lights at other motorists to let them know.

Note: The police could deem you are obstructing them from doing their job, and you could end up in court!

I did a speed awareness course. Will it go on my licence?

No. Just because you attended a speed awareness course, it won’t go on your licence. However, the National (UK) Driver Offender Retraining Scheme database will hold a record of it.

Note: You won’t be offered the chance to go on a speed awareness course when you re-offend within 3 years. In short, you’ll get penalty points on your licence or a speeding fine instead.

What happens when you don’t attend a speed awareness course?

The police would be informed when you don’t attend a speed awareness course. In short, you’ll end up with points on your licence. Plus, you’ll have to pay a speeding fine.

Moreover, the points may stay on your licence. It can be for anything from 4 to 11 years, depending on the seriousness of the speeding offence.

Let the provider know if you can’t attend a speed awareness course because you’re ill. They may let you reschedule.

Note: You might have to go to court when you don’t attend a speed awareness course.

What if I’m caught speeding after I attend a speed awareness course?

You’ll get a fixed penalty and points on your licence when caught speeding several times within a 3-year period. Plus, you may have to attend a court hearing. Moreover, you could get a disqualification depending on the seriousness of the speeding offences.

Can I be penalised for going too slowly?

Yes, you can. The police may view the fact you’re driving too slowly could cause another sort of driving offence. For example, you could cause a tailback, or other motorists may try to overtake when it’s not safe to do so.

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

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Lastly, mobile speed camera rules, what you need to know

A local police force can decide where to place a mobile speed camera. It’s typically in accident hotspots. However, it’s up to the police where they put them.

Furthermore, an operator doesn’t need to set up warning signs. Although it’s in the guidelines!

Another point of interest is the police can use unmarked vehicles when using mobile speed cameras. But, again, the guidelines recommend that vehicles have strips on them.

Plus, even when the guidelines are not followed, it does not mean you can dispute a speeding fine. This includes whether a mobile speed camera was assessed every 6 months as it should have been!

Thanks for reading my post on mobile speed cameras. I hope the info helps you understand the rules and how the police don’t really have to stick to them!

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