Calibrated speed cameras, top tips from our solicitors on how to defend your licence

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If you have been charged with speeding and you are risking your licence, or you genuinely believe you weren’t speeding, then it is helpful to check if the speed camera was correctly calibrated. A speed camera is positioned usually on the left side of the road and it detects how fast a vehicle is driving. If the person who is driving the car is driving faster than the allowable speed limit on a road; the speed camera will take a photograph of that vehicle. After that, you are likely to receive a fixed penalty notice within 14 days.

If you plead not guilty, the photographs could be used as evidence in a court of law to prove that the driver was driving faster than the allowable speed limit.

What speed camera will I see on the roads?

Speed Cameras record the driver’s speed by using different detectors; these include detectors on the road and laser or radar technology.

The police must send this letter within 14 days of the offence being committed. The photographs will include details such as the speed you have been driving at, the speed limit on that road, the time and the date you have been caught speeding. If you have gone over the speed limit and plead guilty the fixed penalty could even be up to £1000 and £2500 if you were driving on the motorway. Besides the fixed penalty, you could also get points added to your license, or you could even get disqualified for driving. If you choose to plead not guilty you will have to go to court and prove that you were not speeding. 

How to find out if the speed camera was calibrated?

The law states that speed cameras should be calibrated once a year, this is to ensure that speed cameras are functioning appropriately and record the speeds right. Speed cameras must be calibrated properly, and the calibration engineer must be provided with the right equipment to ensure this. The equipment used also needs to be checked and certified by a professional.

If you plead not guilty to the penalty you have received, you have a 100% right to send a request for the calibration certificate of that speed camera. However, to request a certificate of a calibrated speed camera you will have to plead not guilty; so the case can progress to the Court of Law. You will then be able to request the calibration certificate. If the camera certificate displays that the camera was not calibrated for over a year, you could use that as exceptionally substantial evidence in a court of law. That will build a strong case and increase the chances of you winning the case and saving your licence.

If you have been charged with speeding, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

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