Do you have a burning question regarding UK speed cameras? The speed camera FAQ's answers the most commonly asked questions:
‣Do many motorists get caught speeding each year?
‣How many speed cameras are on UK roads?
‣How many different types of speed cameras are currently in use in the UK?
‣How do the different UK speed cameras work?
‣Which UK speed camera has caught the most motorists?
Questions related to speed camera detectors and sat navs with speed camera alerts:‣I would be grateful if you can advise me if there is a device that detects mobile speed traps and fixed cameras as well as advising on speed limit of all roads as you travel?
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The number of fixed penalty fines issued in England and Wales has risen seven-fold from around 260,000 in 2000-2001 to 1.8 million in 2003-2004. Speed cameras are reportedly currently netting more than £20m a year profits for the Treasury. Motorists caught by the cameras have three points added to their licence and pay a £60 fixed penalty.
The number of speed cameras has now reached about 6,000 across the country, 2,500 of them being mobile speed cameras.
Currently there are nine different speed camera types that are in use by the Police and local government to enforce speed limits on the UK road network. Speed cameras in use are Gatso, Truvelo, SPECS, Peek, SpeedCurb, Watchman, Traffic Light, DS2 and Mobile. To read more about a specific speed camera see Camera Types.
There are three main methods that UK speed cameras use to detect a speeding motorist. The first method used by Gatso and mobile cameras is to send a Laser or Radar beam at the passing vehicle. The beam is then returned back to the speed camera equipment, providing an exact speed. The second method used by Truvelo and DS2 is too use loops in the road, if the passing vehicle drives too fast over the loops, the speed camera is triggered. The third method used by SPECS is to take a photograph of all passing vehicles at point 'a', then several hundred metres along the road at point 'b' a second photograph is taken. Both photographs are date and time stamped, the speed camera equipment then calculates your average speed. To read more about a specific speed camera see Speed Camera Types.
A single speed camera in Nottinghamshire has caught almost 76,000 motorists in five years. The SPECS speed camera, on the A610, has caught almost a third of the speeding drivers in the county and has resulted in £4.2m in fines. The SPECS "time-over-distance" cameras measures how long it takes to pass between two points on a road, read read more about SPECS speed cameras.
More and more motorists are discovering the benefits of driving with a speed camera detector. The main benefit being advanced warnings of speed cameras in the road ahead and avoiding points, fines and potential loss of a driving licence. In addition GPS based systems also provide the driver with spoken voice alerts and speed limits at camera sites. So if driving in an unfamiliar area the driver knows what speed his vehicle needs to be doing to drive within the law and avoid a speeding conviction. For more information regarding speed camera detectors see Speed Camera Detector Buyer's Guide.
More recently the Government, through the Road Safety Bill, is reviewing the use of speed camera detectors and their technologies in the UK. The Road Safety Bill looks to ban speed camera jammers and detectors.
To fully understand the implications of the bill first you need to understand the different types of speed camera detectors that are available in the UK. There are currently three different technologies that a speed camera detector could utilise to detect and warn of an approaching speed camera. Speed camera detectors can use Radar detection, Laser detection and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) a combination of one, two or all three of the technologies can be used. As a Radar detector warns by detecting a camera in the road ahead. Legality of these systems are under review, as they potentially allow a motorist to drive above the speed limit without facing prosecution through an in active road side speed camera. GPS systems such as the Origin b2 warn via a national database of speed camera locations, whether the road side speed camera contains operational equipment or is simply empty.
The following is a extract from the Department for Transport (DFT) website "The Government will not be prohibiting those devices that rely on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to warn drivers of published camera sites or posted speed limits, as these compliment the Government's policy to ensure that camera sites are visible and conspicuous to drivers, and so help deter excessive and inappropriate speeds on the roads." To read more about UK government policy regarding the legality of speed camera detectors see UK Law relating to speed camera radar detectors.
The only device to include all UK road speed limits is the Road Angel Gem+ and Road Angel Gem+ Deluxe.
The Road Angel Gem+ features a database of fixed and mobile speed camera location and also includes a built-in laser detector - for live detection of mobile laser based camera sites.
The Road Angel Gem+ also benefits from built-in GPRS (mobile phone) technology, which enables updates in real-time. The GPRS also enables Road Angel Gem+ end-users can also send information (camera information and road speed limits) back to Road Angel for them to validate and add to their database.
Unfortunately the Novus GPS Rider data power cable is no longer available.
Online retailer ActiveGPS do have some parts available.
My recommendation would be the Snooper 3ZERO which includes:
‣GPS database of fixed and mobile cameras – subscription at either £2.99 a month, £7.99 a quarter or £29.99 a year.
For a sat nav you would then also need to buy a separate device. If you buy a Snooper sat nav e.g. SC5700 DVR, these use the same GPS database as the 3ZERO (AURA database). As both are optional (at the prices above) you could then choose which device to subscribe to the database, the 3ZERO or the SC5700.
If you choose not to subscribe, the 3ZERO will detect mobile cameras (via radar/laser) and warn to live Gatso cameras (via radar), however fixed Truvelo and SPECS cameras would not be alerted to. For alerts to Truvelo and SPECS cameras you would need to subscribe to the GPS database.
All of the speed cameras detectors at SpeedCamerasUK.com are also available to buy from us and include FREE delivery within the United Kingdom (UK). For deliveries outside of the UK please see delivery information for costs.
We hold extensive stock of each model (unless otherwise indicated) with dispatch same working day for orders placed before 3pm on any working day.
10 years of online trading
We first started selling speed camera locators right here at SpeedCamerasUK.com in August 2003, so we've just celebrated our 10th year of selling detectors online. We also sell the same products at our sister website ActiveGPS where we also sell an extensive range of GPS products, accessories and mapping software.
With 10 years of trading you can rely on us to only supply the best tried and tested products with unrivalled product knowledge from ourselves and, equally important, excellent support from the relevant manufacturer if it is required.
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