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UK Speed Cameras & Speed Trap Guide
Your guide to speed cameras and radar detectors currently being used in the UK.
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Your guide to Speed Cameras and Radar Traps currently being used within the UK at the moment. We aim to provide you with pictures and information on what to look out for on todays roads and how to protect yourself and keep your licence.

The best and most legal way to protect yourself is us a good GPS speed camera locator with built in laser detector.
Radar detection is almost not even worth having now due to the number of false alerts and the unlikelyhood of seeing a mobile radar these days, plus not all cameras use radar and you will read below via our Guide.

If you have already been unfortunate to be snapped by a camera or mobile laser then the following guide written by an ex policeman may help you to decide how to proceed and if you have a case....more


Popularity On UK Roads :

How to Protect Yourself :
GPS System such as Road Angel or a Radar Detection System or conventional Radar detector such as the Snooper S5 or Beltronics 550

How They Work : The most popular big gray box speed camera on UK roads. The Dutch based manufacturers also produce a mobile unit called a mini or mobile Gatso which can be used in a car, in a trailer on a tripod or from a moving vehicle. - GPS detection systems dont pick up mobile Gatso.

The fixed position camera uses a flash to capture offending drivers from the rear on film, each roll lasting for about 300 to 400 pictures before requiring a change.

Many drivers have pleaded that they weren't driving the car and the image cant prove otherwise, hence the implementation of the Truvelo forward facing camera, detailed below.

Many Gatso cameras are located near, often behind signs or bridges, making use of the existing power source which they need to function.

Limitations : Once they run out of film they become inactive. Approximately only one in 4 GATSO static cameras is fully operational at any one time. Some have now been painted bright colours.


Popularity On UK Roads :

How to Protect Yourself :
GPS Speed Camera Detection System only.

How They Work :
A forward facing camera, designed to take photographs of the front of a passing vehicle, allowing the picture taken to show the driver of the vehicle as well to aid prosecution.

Sensors in the road calculate the speed and the Infra red camera captures the car registration number and driver picture without a flash. This system offers evidence as to the identity of the driver at the time of the offence.

No flash it ommitted as the system uses Infra Red Light.

Limitations : Once they run out of film they become inactive. Do not work on Motorbikes with no front registration plate.


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Popularity On UK Roads :

How to Protect Yourself :
GPS Speed Camera Detection System

How They Work :
Also known as Speed Violation Detection Deterrent (SVDD), the SPECS system uses high surveylance video that time you from point to point.

These are designed to prevent motorists from braking at the GATSO camera and speeding up later as they calculate your average speed between points, upto a mile.

Limitations : Easy to Spot and thats about it. The data is stored digitally on a central computer, so that there is no need for film to be collected and changed at the cameras site.

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Popularity On UK Roads
: 2/10

How to Protect Yourself
: GPS System which includes them ie Road Angel, Snooper S4, S3, S6

How They Work
: Rubber strips in the road calculate your speed as you pass over them via the small telltale grey post which sits along side. The DS2 system requires a mobile camera usually in a van to plug into this grey post inorder to photograph you. They cant calculate your speed without the van plugging the camera in the post so watch for it nearby.

Limitations : Difficult to spot if you are not using a GPS Speed Camera Warning System. Cant capture your speed unless the van with camera is plugged into the grey post. Sometimes the strips in the road are only on one side of the road.

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Popularity On UK Roads
: 7/10

How to Protect Yourself
: Conventional Radar / Laser Detector / Diffuser

How They Work
: With changes in policy to make cameras more visible, more effort and resources are being put into mobile units.

Mini-Gatso : Similar to the Static Gatso but much smaller are operates out of the back of parked car, van or tripod mounted so is not easy to spot. Very accurate.
( RARE )

Mobile Gatso : Take the form of the Grey Box type statis camera but sit on a trailer type base with wheels that can be moved from place to place to prevent motorists from slowing at a know point. ( RARE )

Teletraffic : Police camera teams use this as a vehicle based system which can be set up to detect speeding traffic from a distance of upto a mile using laser technology. The device is aimed on a vehicle number plate and which is then recorded on video film with the associated speed. Often seen on Motorway bridges.

Multanova : Multanova, are a company based in Switzerland who specialise in traffic enforcement systems. They have many products to catch out the unwary motorist, but the ones you ought to know about are the Multanova 6F-2 and 9F - both radar-based systems that can be installed in just about any manner you can imagine, including pole-mounted, box-mounted, mobile, built-in to a vehicle and many others. They operate using Ka band radar technology and are not very common.

Laser: Now the most popular mobile method of entrapment as laser is so good.
Typical uses of laser include motorway bridges, van's at the side of the road with the back doors facing you or open, tripod mounted or handheld.

Laser can operate at a mile to a mile and a half and if very accurate and very fast.
Officer records your speed, numberplate automatically within a few seconds.

Limitations : Cant be used in the rain. snow or thick fog.

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