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DS2 Speed Cameras Explained

DS2 speed cameras also known as SpeedMaster, Autovision or Autovision 2 are different names for a very similar system. These speed cameras are semi-permanent installations and can cover two lanes of traffic travelling in different directions. DS2 traffic cameras can be attended or left unattended whilst enforcing the speed limit.

DS2 speed camera sites work via three piezo strips either on top of the road surface or embedded within the surface of the road, the latter harder to spot. The piezo sensors are set approximately 1metre apart and are accompanied by a short grey post on the roadside. When in use the DS2 site is connected to the safety camera partnership van or unmarked car. Autovision or Autovision 2 can then be used to provide video evidence of the speeding offence. Alternatively the Police will operate with a police car further along the road, and a message will be sent with details of the offending vehicles registration details to stop and issue the speeding offence. As vehicles drive over the three piezo sensors in the road, the DS2 camera equipment can calculate the vehicles speed. DS2 systems can be left unattended with the Autovision system recording vehicle details.

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.

DS2 locations

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Want to know where the UK's DS2 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, Truvelo, Truvelo D-Cam, SPECS, Peek, Traffic Light speed cameras and more. Read more about the speed camera types.

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Last updated: 11th September 2023