Truvelo speed cameras explained

The Truvelo is a forward facing speed camera, the main advantage of which is that the photos which are taken also depicts the driver of the vehicle at the time of the speeding offence.

A new type of digital Truvelo camera is now being installed at various locations throughout the UK, click here to read more.


How does Truvelo work?

The Truvelo camera uses piezo sensors to calculate a passing vehicles speed. A total of four piezo sensors are embedded into the roads surface. As a vehicle drives over of these the time difference between sensors measures and calculates the passing vehicles speed.

In addition there are a further three white painted lines on the road just before the camera. When the Truvelo speed camera is triggered a photo using an infra-red flash (so not to blind) is taken of the offending vehicle; the photo is taken when the offending is on the central white line and are the other two are +/- 10%. This acts as a secondary method to calculate the vehicles speed and is a legal requirement for unmanned speed enforcement devices in the UK.

Pictured below; Truvelo camera with separate infra-red flash mounted on pole beside Truvelo speed camera. The majority of Truvelo's across the UK feature a built-in infra-red flash (as with the one pictured above right). However, a growing number now have a separately mounted 'orange' looking unit necessary to take a photo when the speed camera is triggered!

Truvelo camera with separate infra-red flash mounted on pole beside Truvelo speed camera


Does a Truvelo speed camera flash?

The Truvelo speed camera does not 'flash' like a Gatso speed camera. Instead Truvelo cameras uses an infra red flash which produces no visible 'flash' to the approaching driver. This is provided via either a built-in infra-red flash or a separetly mounted unit - as pictured above.


How common are Truvelo speed cameras?

Truvelo speed cameras aren't as common as Gatso speed cameras when you look at the country as a whole. However they are counties in country which favour there usage, these counties include: Northamptonshire and Hampshire.


New Truvelo speed cameras

A new version of the forward facing Truvelo speed camera (pictured right) is being installed at various locations throughout the UK.

These new cameras appear very different to the existing Truvelo camera. To read more click here.


Points and Penalties

The absolute minimum penalty for being caught speeding on the UK's roads increased 66.7% in July 2013 from £60 to £100 fine. A minimum of 3 penalty points will also be added to your licence.

However, depending on the road speed limit and your actual recorded speed in the speeding offence a court summons may be generated in place of the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) through the post. For more information click here.


Truvelo locations

What's your view and experiences with Truvelo speed cameras? Tell us here.

Want to know where the UK's Truvelo speed cameras are as you drive? Here at SpeedCamerasUK.com we have a UK database of speed camera locations. This database also includes Gatso, SpeedCurb, SPECS, Peek, Traffic Light speed cameras and more. To read more about the speed camera types click here.


Truvelo Speed Camera Questions and Answers

Truvelo Safety CameraQuestion: I was flashed by a forward facing Truvelo camera. The camera is in the lane I am driving. It emitted one blinding flash. There are no white lines whatsoever on either side of this stretch of the A630. However the speed limit drops from 60mph to 40mph passing through a small village. I have received a NIP. I was led to believe that Truvelo cameras, older type with one large and one smaller lense side by side should not flash so as to blind the driver. Confused???

Answer: I'm afraid we don't have the answer to your question. It will only be known by the camera operator(s) and installer.

SpeedCamerasUK.com is not connected with any UK Police or other local authority. We don't run, install or operate any speed camera - we just list where they are and information about them.

I would recommend you contact the Police force who issued you with the NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) to voice your concerns and confusion.


Question: Several of these grey and orange things on poles (pictured below) have sprung up in Nottingham, next to existing Truvelo cameras. Any idea what they are?

Answer: With regards to the new poles appearing on Truvelo sites in Nottingham and other Truvelo speed camera locations in the UK, they are infrared flash units that help improve the photo at night.

Truvelo cameras with Orange sensors? on poles


Question: Hopefully you might be able to improve my understanding about Truvelo speed cameras. The Truevlo was on my side and I think I was going at 31-32mph or even 33mph but definitely not 34-35mph. On a 30mph road. Obviously it didn't flash but do you think I'll get fined for it?

Answer: It will all depend on the speed threshold that the Truvelo speed camera is set to trigger at. Some cameras have been know to trigger at 33mph in a 30mph zone. Truvelo cameras have an invisible flash, as they may temporary blind or distract a driver on approach/passing them. If you have been caught speeding a NIP is normally sent out to the vehicles registered keeper within 14 working days.


Speed camera alerts as you drive

Did you know you can be alerted to where Truvelo and other speed cameras are along UK roads via in car devices? These systems include dedicated speed camera detectors, sat navs with speed camera locations and various apps for smartphones. To read more view our buyers guide which talks you through the various features and different technology the different systems use. We also have dedicated reviews for each product with user comments.

We also sell a range of speed camera detectors which you can browse via our online shop. We only stock systems that we consider will give you the best, most accurate, reliable and frequently updated speed camera databases. So whether you are a motorist, truck driver or caravanist you can rest assured you have the best speed camera warning system.

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Last updated: 21st December 2015