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Truvelo D-Cam speed cameras explained

Truvelo D-Cam Speed CameraIn 2013 a new type of digital Truvelo speed camera was launched, known as D-Cam which is short for Digital Camera. Since that time a number of Police forces and constabularies across the UK have opted to replace many ageing fixed Gatso speed cameras with Truvelo D-Cams. This change from Gatso to Truvelo D-Cam is by far most noticeable in Norfolk where Norfolk Constabulary have installed no less than 27 Truvelo D-Cams.

Unlike the original Truvelo speed camera, the new Truvelo D-cameras can be installed forward or rear facing to approaching traffic. This means they can target the front or rear of passing vehicles.

Truvelo D-Cams can also be used as red light cameras and can monitor traffic on 3 lanes at any one time.

The cost of installation is around £10,000, but have relatively low running costs. If you'd like to read more about the original Truvelo speed camera click here.

What's new with these cameras?

The latest Truvelo cameras named D-Cam are part of a new digital camera range which are mounted to polls at the side or central reservation of the road.

These new digital cameras don't require film, instead the Truvelo D-Cam can either store up to 100,000 digital photos or send the photos in real-time via an ADSL/3G connection to a back office for processing.

If the photos are stored on location, the camera conveniently lowers so the data can be simply downloaded to a laptop or other device to be then processed at the Police authorities or Safety Camera Partnerships offices.

How does the new Truvelo D-Cam work?

The Truvelo D-Cam uses one of two technologies to trigger the camera in taking a photo of a speeding motorist.

The first is called D-Cam P and uses piezo sensors embedded into the roads surface. As a vehicle drivers over the strips in the road and if the calculated speed is too high the Truvelos infra-red camera is triggered to take a photo.

The second method named D-Cam L uses a laser beam to measure the speed of approaching vehicles. When a car, van, etc is approaching too fast the camera springs to life to photo the offending motorist.

Does a Truvelo D-Cam speed camera flash?

The Truvelo D-Cam 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 below.

Truvelo D-Cam and separetly mounted flash unit

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 with the code SP10, SP20, SP30, SP40 or SP50. For more information click here.

Truvelo D-Cams in West Yorkshire

In September 2013 two New Truvelo D-Cams were installed in accident blackspot locations previously enforced by Gatso speed cameras. Because these are now Truvelo the photo they take now includes the driver of the vehicle. This leaves it undeniable who was driving at the time of the speeding offence.

Simon D'Vali, chair of West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, comments: "The new cameras on York Road are the first sites in Leeds district to have been replaced with modern digital cameras. These sites have been at the road side for 13 years, camera housings do not last forever and in the intervening time camera technology has moved on. The West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership has a rolling programme that, over the course of 20 or 30 years, will see all the county's cameras moved to digital".

He also added "The new digital sites transmit photographs and speed readings directly to the back office for checking, there is no requirement for a technician to drive to site, collect the film, then develop it."

Mr D'Vali finally commented "The partnership exists to reduce casualties. We know safety cameras are an effective tool to do this. We are making savings, so with the digital cameras we can effectively do more for less money."

New Truvelo locations

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

Want to know where the UK's new Truvelo D- Cam 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, Truvelo, Peek, Traffic Light speed cameras and more. To read more about the speed camera types click here.

Truvelo D-Cam Speed Camera Questions and Answers

Question: What is the speed detection distance of the Truvelo D-cam? They have changed the old style Truvelo for the new type on the A14 east in Huntingdonshire which I saw this morning.

Answer: The Truvelo D-Cam works in the same way as the Truvelo speed camera. Both versions of Truvelo speed cameras use embedded strips in the road’s surface, sited a few metres in front of the cameras location. Drive too fast over these embedded strips and the Truvelo/Truvelo D-Cam speed camera will be triggered into taking two photos of the speeding vehicle.

Question: We may have been caught by a speed camera last week on the A1067 in Taverham Norfolk as you leave the town heading towards Fakenham. I understand that this is a Truvelo D Cam type of camera and that it uses three sensors on strips in the road to gauge a vehicles speed. However, I note on Streetview that these strips are a different distance apart on either side of the road (approx. twice the distance for vehicles heading into the town) even though the speed limit is of course the same regardless of which direction you are going.

My question is would these sensor strips need to be the same distance apart in order to provide uniform and accurate speed measurement ? If you look on Google Maps / Streetview this can be seen close to the bus stop

Answer: Each and every speed camera will have a calibration certificate; you could check these with Norfolk police.

Question: Travelling towards Norwich on the A1067 and approaching the Truvelo D Cam on Drayton Road near the Mile Cross Road roundabout, I realised that my speed had risen to 34mph on the slight downward incline of the road towards the camera. I was about 25 - 30 feet from the white line across the road, forward of the camera and immediately braked.

My speed had reduced to about 25mph by the time I crossed the white line. Is it likely I will receive a speeding ticket?

Answer: It's a case of having to wait and see…

If you have been caught speeding by the Truvelo D-Cam, a NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) is normally sent out to the vehicles registered keeper within 14 working days.

You might like to consider buying a speed camera detector, for more information please see Speed Camera Detector Buyer's Guide.

Question: I was wondering if you could help me. I'm not sure if I was caught on this camera, I was likely doing 36mph in a 30mph zone. It's a truvelo d cam and I came from behind the camera, so it wasn't facing me, below I have images showing my view of the camera and also the camera markings on the lane I was on, is it likely I was caught?

Answer: Truvelo D-Cam speed cameras normally operate by capturing vehicles heading towards the front or face of the camera. This is so that a photo can be taken of not only the vehicle, but also the driver of the vehicle too. However, unlike the predecessor - the Truvelo, the new D-Cam model can target and capture vehicles travelling in either direction. So it is possible that you were caught speeding.

Forward Facing Truvelo D-Cam

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Last updated: 21st February 2018