Fixed cameras are used to detect speeding offences and red light violations. They have been installed to counter very serious accident problems, to protect vulnerable road users and to encourage driver compliance with the speed limit and red lights. They have also been established to counter anti-social speeding when concern has been expressed by residents groups. They have never been installed as a means of generating revenue.
Fixed cameras have been established in accordance with the relevant criteria at the time the length was set up. All our enforcement is set up with high visibility deterrence in mind. Our camera housings have a reflective yellow coating and are placed in conspicuous locations on signed operating lengths. We do not operate covertly.
Fixed speed camera lengths and red light violation sites are selected following road accident analysis carried out at District Council level. Speed and location surveys are carried out by Police and district engineers to ensure enforcement is possible and necessary.
All our fixed camera equipment is approved by the Home Office, is calibrated before use and uses secondary check line markings and embedded sensors in the road surface to validate offences.
Compliance with these rules has no bearing on the enforcement of offences detected by the use of safety cameras. Non-compliance with these rules and guidelines does not provide mitigation of, or defence for, an alleged offence committed under current UK law.