Archive for the ‘Technical’ Category

Use Silicone Spray to Save on Speeding Fines

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

There are many products on the market to help motorists avoid fines for speeding from fixed and mobile speed cameras but one of the cheapest and easiest methods comes in a spray can that only costs a few bucks. Spray on silicone lubrication spray will put a sheen on your number plates making it very difficult for the police to read the registration number if you are snapped by a speed camera.

Unlike other products silicone spray cannot be seen by the naked eye and it is available from electrical wholesalers Australia wide for a few dollars a can. I have used this method in the past and while it is very difficult to be certain it works in 100% of cases I have never received a speed camera fine in any vehicle that I have driven that has had a spray recently.

I wouldn’t be foolish enough to suggest that you should spray your plates then go out and flaunt it but a quick spray every time you wash your car could save you big bucks. My sources inform me that this method is infallable but I invite readers to give us some feedback on their experiences using silicone spray.

Get Some Protection for Your Car

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

SUPER PROTECTOR number plate covers are designed to protect your vehicle plate from speed cameras that use photography to take images of your number plate from various angles.The Super Protector license plate cover allows for a full view of your license plate from front-on but will hide part of the plate from view in side angles and overhead angles*. When positioned properly they will prevent your license plate from being photographed or videotaped effectively from pole or gantry mounted camera angles designed into this product.

Visit the ghostplates website for more information.

Get Out of That Speeding Ticket and Fine

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Author: John Winkler

Look at these examples of how you can get off speeding fines. They all have a common link. You must find some technical fault with what the traffic authorities and the police have done in bringing the prosecution. That happens more often than people think.

A supervisor for the camera enforcement unit, told the court he wasn’t certain when the signs went on display in a new speed limit area. He said: “It would have helped everybody greatly if signs had been placed in all the approach roads to show the change of speed limit.” The driver got off.

The signs had a black border around a speed camera logo which infringed the Road Traffic Regulation Act. The driver got off.

“The speed had been reduced from a 40mph to a 30mph but only one sign post was present, it was on the right hand side of the road, and it wasn’t illuminated. Thus at night it was almost invisible” The driver got off.

“The most valuable piece of evidence I had in court was a photograph of the scene with the “missing” sign post”

It was shown that the form had been signed by a clerk who had not been authorised to sign forms on behalf of the Chief Constable. Case not proceeded with.

A speed camera was set to 30mph, yet there are no 30mph signs upon entering the village. The police alleged that the presence of street lighting indicated a 30mph limit.

In a temporary 40mph speed limit not only were the speed limit signs deficient, but the highway authority had made mistakes in making the temporary traffic regulation orders. The drivers all got off.

The authorities had to refund thousands of fines after a judge discovered the police had been printing a signature on forms rather than getting an officer to check and sign each one. The signature had been scanned and added by computer

Where most cameras are situated.

The Yellow cameras

Most of them are on Main Roads going in to towns. Many are placed near schools. In the UK you get plenty of warning signs – a camera drawn on a white background. Officially, speed cameras are designed to slow the traffic, and not to catch people out.

Variable limit cameras

On Motorways, the big ring roads around some cities often have Variable Speed limits imposed when there is heavy traffic. It is vital not to exceed the speed limits flashed on the bridges which can change minute by minute.

Average speed cameras

Very nasty cameras record the average speed between two points several miles apart. These are commonly used on the outside fastest lane of long-standing roadworks on motorways. It is very easy indeed to slightly exceed the limit over the distance and be caught. What is not widely known is that at the time of writing, such cameras only record the speed across one carriageway, either the nearside lane or the outside lane. If you think you been caught by the first camera, and cannot realistically slow down sufficiently – there may be no parking places – then you could try switching to a different lane to exit. Best to travel on the inside, usually slower lane, all the time in roadworks.

Laser gun cameras

These are operated by specialist police units and are moved around to strategic points, either on motorway bridges, or, more commonly on roads on the outskirts of towns or in villages. They may be only place only for a couple of hours, before being moved on. A parish council, for example, may kick up a fuss about local speeding and the Police will send a laser team at regular intervals to the spot.

Police cars.

Police cars can record your speed from in front of you as well as behind and they use video cameras to do so. Again, they are anxious not to be the cause of any accident if you stop suddenly, so you may find that it is easier to catch you speeding on an empty motorway at 1.00am, than it is during the rush hour.

Speed signs

There are often flaws in the traffic order setting the speed limits and your solicitor may be able to get you off on a technicality. If speed signs are obscured by foliage or if, at the start of a restriction area there is not a sign placed on either side of the road then this may get you off if you can prove it with photos. Take a digital camera in your car.

A few tips if stopped by traffic police.

They teel you not to argue with any policeman who stops you, but you must not admit the offence even if guilty. Any admission, however slight, and you are lost in Court. Just say your solicitor advises you always to say nothing until he is present.

If you upset them by vigorous argument, they could look round your vehicle and check your tyres, or brakes. If your tyres are poor, you could get another three points. For each tyre. This 12 points loses your licence on its own. Don’t upset the police.

On the other hand if the policeman is on his own, and particularly if he is not a specialised traffic policeman, then I have always found it better to get out of the car, hold up my hands and say something like “That was the worst driving I’ve done in years Officer” A senior police officer friend of mine has the same view. It is a judgement call.

How your solicitor may get you off

Your defence may lie in finding something wrong with the police procedure or with the local authorities not signing the roads properly. Thousands of motorists have paid fines without challenge, when they might even be due to get their money – and their points, back. Many mistakes are made by the authorities, or by the police. A bit of effort on your part and you might get off.

If you can, keep a digital camera in the car with you, stop the car or go back to the site and photograph the speed signs, distances between them, distance markings in the road, and obstructions. You’ve got to give your solicitor all the help you can. You can ask for copies of the photographs they have taken, but this may be resisted unless you plead not guilty. A solicitor is needed really, but you need to find a specialist in this law. He or she can request copies of the traffic orders to see if the restrictions were legally imposed. Use the AA or RAC legal service to find you a specialist.

Good luck. You could always try staying within the speed limit.

John Winkler

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John Winkler was once the marketing correspondent for The London Times and with his wife owns a pretty 18century cottage near Glencoe overlooking a sea loch. There is a lot of onteresting material for tourists in his blogsite

Speed Cameras – a Necessary Evil or No Good to Mankind?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Author: Anna Hallam

In October 2008 Swindon announced that they would be scrapping the fixed point speed cameras that previously caught speeding motorists in over eighty different locations. The controversial move has sparked debate across the country, with some decrying the decision and others applauding it. By November 2008 it was reported that Portsmouth, Walsall and Birmingham were all considering copying Swindon, but is banning the speed cameras the right thing to do? Nobody likes them, but let’s have a look at some of the arguments surrounding the issue.

2002 saw the introduction of Safety Cameras in the Swindon, and according to statistics the numbers of road-related fatalities has fallen noticeably since then. The number of people killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads fell by 5% and for children it reduced by as much as 33%; so is this a direct result of the cameras? Statistics again would say not; there were seventy fatalities on Swindon’s streets in 2007-08 and that seems to be proof that speed cameras did not make the roads safer.

The money from fined motorists caught speeding goes directly to the HM Treasury; neither the police nor local councils profit from the cameras, yet it costs a council like Portsmouth £380,000 a year of public money for six fixed speed cameras. Swindon has been accused of saving money over saving lives, yet if the cameras truly don’t work surely it’s best to stop spending money on them and start spending money on finding other traffic calming measures that do work.

The motoring public:
Speed cameras rarely work because speeding drivers simply slow down to pass them and very often speed back up again afterwards. When they do catch someone speeding it is likely that the driver won’t even realise until the fine arrives in the post some two weeks after; then because the driver has achieved distance from the offense, both literately and figuratively, the fine does very little to raise awareness of the danger of going too fast. Instead the cameras have bred a feeling of animosity in the motoring community, and have alienated the public against road safety efforts. Drivers feel as though the government is trying to ‘catch them out’ in order to make money rather than help them to reduce speed related fatalities. In the end, because the public sees the cameras as ‘the enemy’, they will never be effective in helping repeat offenders see the error of their ways.

The fear of being caught:
It’s true that most people who know that there is a camera will slow down for the camera and speed up afterwards, but what if a driver is on an unfamiliar road? The warning sign for a speed camera is often enough to make people check their speed and slow down regardless of whether there is actually a camera or not. Although not as preferable as people keeping to the speed limit of their own accord, the fact that drivers are frightened to speed on roads that might have a camera is a lesser evil than speeding and causing an accident. By removing the cameras Swindon is removing the ‘fear’, and might end up seeing a lot more speed limits broken than they anticipate.

Ultimately we have to face the fact that speed cameras will not stop crashes completely ; only we as the motoring public can do that by facing up to our responsibilities and becoming better drivers. As Tony Simcock, driving instructor and director of The Big Red L Company in Kent commented, “Speed cameras have helped raise the awareness that ‘Inappropriate Speed Kills’; however, unless motorists across the UK begin to drive in a way that significantly reduces the risks to our children, to other road users and to themselves, we will always be faced with government initiatives that are blanket measures that appear out of place or heavy handed.” He continues, “I do a lot of driving, I try to stick to speed limits, have never been caught speeding, I am very rarely late for a meeting and have never been involved in an injury accident – is that coincidence, or good driving?”

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Anna Hallam writes on behalf of The Big Red L Company who provide driving lessons throughout Kent; and for their sister site, who provide intensive driving courses throughout the UK. For more info visit

Can You Beat The Speed Cameras?

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Author: David Thomson

Love them or hate them, there is no getting around it the fact that speed cameras are here to stay. Some love the fact that they cut speeding down while others say they are nothing but a way of invading your privacy.

Regardless of the fact, if you are caught speeding then the simple answer is there isn’t much you can do about it. You could of course go to Court and argue the fact, but if they caught you on film, then generally the camera doesn’t lie. This of course means that in addition to the fine you originally got, you now have to pay Court costs too.

While speed cameras are undoubtedly put there to safeguard the driver and the public by cutting down and clamping down on those who habitually speed, we all speed at sometime or another even if this is as little as going just a few miles over the limit. These are the people who generally get the letter through their letterbox, the one timers, not that there is an excuse for any speeding no matter how small.

However the average person can receive between 3 and 6 points on their licence from speeding and when it comes to renewing their car insurance, this can make a huge difference to the amount they have to pay. Whether speeding is on the increase or not, one fact remains, that by April this year it was estimated that around 1.3 million drivers had on average around 9 points on their licence.

Points on your licence do make a difference to the premium that you pay and in order to get the cheapest insurance your licence should be clean.

In order to get the best possible deal on car insurance, drive safely, keep within the speed limits and shop around for the right deal.

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David Thomson is Chief Executive of BestDealInsurance an independent specialist broker dedicated to giving consumers the best insurance deal. They offer great value car insurance , life and home insurance.