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Speed Offence Enquiries
e.g. All queries about Notice of Intended Prosecution, Lost Speeding Tickets.
If you have been caught speeding and you have a query about your ticket please contact the Central Process Unit by calling:
Opening hours between 8am and 4pm on a Monday, 9am and 3pm Tuesday to Friday.
Quote your PentiP reference number, name, date of birth, first line of your address (required for data protection) along with details of your query.
You can book a course online at www.lancashirecourses.org
The Speed Awareness Course is designed to bring the issues relating to speed to people’s attention. Lancashire Constabulary refer people caught speeding who are eligible to the course. Completion of a this course is a direct alternative to prosecution resulting from excess speed. Offences arising from deliberate or reckless actions should result in prosecution.
Please check through the FAQ section below which has the answers to most queries we receive.
Alternatively, submit an enquiry:
The Lancashire Speed Management Group, a partnership between Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Constabulary, has considered the information provided by those raising concerns about speeding, along with the casualty record, speed of vehicles and other local factors to determine what action we will take.
The results of this analysis are now available in the Speed Management Programme below. Updates to this plan will be published monthly.
To view the speed management programme click here
- Safety Camera Enforcement Vehicles
Does the camera enforcement operator have to be a Police Officer?
No, the safety camera operators are employees of Lancashire Constabulary and are authorised by the Chief Constable to carry out their role of gathering evidence. They have been fully trained in the use of all aspects of the Home Office Type Approved device they are using and are authorised to drive a Police liveried enforcement vehicle.
What difference does it make that your camera operators are civilians and not police officers?
All our mobile and safety camera operators and technicians have been specifically designated by the Chief Constable as “policing support officers” in accordance with the Police Reform Act. This means they have many of the same powers and duties as Constables when carrying out their work. Obstructing, assaulting or harassing them in their work are criminal offences which carry terms of imprisonment.
What offences do the enforcement operators gather evidence for?
The purpose of the safety vehicles is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in collisions on our roads, by encouraging people to obey speed limits and drive in a safe and considerate manner. The camera operators can detect drivers or passengers who fail to wear a seatbelt, drivers who use a mobile phone or hand held device whilst driving or who fail to be in proper control of their vehicle; they are also able to enforce vehicles travelling in both directions, which means that they are able to measure and photograph vehicles either approaching or receding from the enforcement vehicle.
I didn’t see any signs, how am I meant to know the speed limit?
Speed limit signs are circular with black numbers on a white background with a red border. These show the maximum speed that you should travel at. It does not mean that it is safe to travel at that speed in all conditions.
If there are no signs and there are street lights present, lit or unlit (the street lights must be no more than 183 metres apart whether they are on the same or opposite sides of the road), the speed limit is 30mph. The law does not allow the highways authorities to erect “repeater” signs where there are street lights and a 30mph limit
National speed limit
If there are no street lights, and there are no signs to the contrary, then the speed limit is 60mph, or 50mph if the vehicle is a goods vehicle such as a non car-based van or a passenger vehicle with more than eight passenger seats.
It is the duty of the highway authority to erect and maintain signs to give adequate guidance of the speed limit to be observed. There is guidance that tells the highway authorities how this may be achieved but this is not mandatory and adequate guidance can still be provided if the guidance is not followed. The safety camera sites are all checked for adequate legal signage prior to undertaking operational enforcement.
Should there be camera signs to warn drivers of the presence of enforcement vehicles?
There is no legal requirement for the police to display camera signs on or near the road or on the enforcement vehicle. Motorists should be aware that if they exceed the legal speed limit anywhere at any time, they risk being detected and fined.
Who sets the speed limits?
On motorways and trunk roads, speed limits are set by Highways England. On all other roads, it is the local authority. Before a speed limit is set the police are consulted and a speed limit order is issued where required. Roads where there is a system of street lighting have a default speed limit of 30mph, unless another limit has been imposed by an order and is indicated by signs. A speed limit order is not required for most 30mph limits on roads with street lighting.
Do the enforcement vehicles have to be visible at all times?
The enforcement vehicles are clearly visible blue and yellow liveried vans. However, this is not a legal requirement. Covert enforcement is and has always been lawful.
How far can the mobile cameras reach?
The mobile cameras employ laser technology to detect the speed of vehicles. The laser has a theoretical range of many miles but for enforcement purposes where the operator needs to see the vehicle, the equipment is calibrated up to 1000 metres.
How do I know the equipment is accurate?
All detection devices are Home Office Type Approved for use. The equipment has internal automatic self-diagnostic checks and are regularly tested by the operator during use against known targets. The equipment is also independently checked and calibrated on an annual basis in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance and issued with a calibration certificate which forms part of police evidence and can be produced in court if required.
Why are you enforcing here?
There are a number of ways speed enforcement sites are agreed:
· Any static/fixed site can be used for mobile enforcement as long as it is safe to park.
· Some of the older sites were introduced based on casualty statistics.
· Some sites were recommended by local councils in response to community concerns.
· ‘Lancashire RoadWatch’ was introduced by the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety in September 2011 and comprises of local authorities analysing casualty data to identify the worst accident spots in the County and tasking the mobile enforcement technicians to enforce at any point along that stretch of road. Each site is graded in accordance with speed count data, with the sites having the highest recorded speeds receiving the most enforcement. A small team comprising of police and local authority representatives review complaints of excess speed received from the public and following a review of the site and consideration of the casualty and speed data obtained, enforcement may be programmed into the tasking of the camera technicians.
Is this entrapment?
No, entrapment is a practice that induces a person to commit a criminal offence that the person would have otherwise been unlikely to commit. The police are not encouraging drivers to speed, or forcing them to break the speed limit. The purpose of safety cameras is to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured in collisions on Lancashire’s roads, by encouraging people to obey speed limits. Motorists should be aware that if they exceed the legal speed limit, they risk being detected.
What if I block the view of the camera with my vehicle?
Mobile and safety camera technicians are designated by the Chief Constable to carry out enforcement activity as policing support officers under Section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 as amended in 2017. As such any deliberate obstruction of their lawful enforcement is an offence under section 46(2)(B) Police Reform Act 2002 as recently amended.
Who should I contact if I have a comment to make about enforcement or a speeding problem?
If you have any comments or complaints, please do not raise these with the operator, who is simply following instructions.
For comments or complaints about enforcement please contact; The Camera Team Leader, CPU, P.O. Box 1329, Preston, PR2 0SX
For speeding concerns please contact Lancashire Roads Safety Partnership at www.lancsroadsafety.co.uk
I think I have been caught speeding, what happens next?
If a camera has detected an alleged speeding offence, a Notice of Intended Prosecution will be sent to the registered keeper together with a request for driver information, within 14 days. Please note it is an offence under S172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 to fail to provide information that is in your power to give, which may lead to the identification of the driver at the time of an alleged offence.
The new safety enforcement vehicles are equipped with CCTV, what will the Police do with this footage?
The CCTV is in operation to prevent and detect crime and to increase staff safety in the event of a verbal or physical attack on the camera technician operating the enforcement equipment, it will be stored in line with the Management of Police Information Guidelines. Should you wish to make a Subject Access Request, please visit https://www.lancashire.police.uk/about-us/accessing-information/data-protection-1998-subject-access.aspx or alternatively ring the following telephone number: in the UK: 01772 412714, Overseas: +441772 412714 (Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9am and 5pm).
For details of how we handle your data, please visit the data protection area of the Lancashire Constabulary website at the above address.
We will not tolerate abusive, threatening or insulting behaviour towards our staff and all incidents reported as such will be investigated.
- Average Speed Cameras
Where will they be?
Following a review of roads in Lancashire and collision related casualties the following routes have been proposed for average speed camera systems.
All routes are covered in both directions.
1. A565 Southport Road (3.7m) between Gravel Lane roundabout at Banks, through Mere Brow to Tarleton crossroads.
2. A583 Preston New Road (3m) between Wrea Green roundabout, through Kirkham bypass to Newton-with-Scales, west of Clifton.
3. A588 Head Dyke Lane, Pilling (2m) between Fold House Caravan Park and Bourbles Lane.
4. A59 Brockholes Brow (0.5m) between M6 junction 31 and Glenluce Drive.
5. A6 London Road, Preston (0.7m) between Capitol Centre (Winery Lane) and Albyn Street East.
6. A675 Belmont (8m) between M65 junction 3, through Abbey Village and Belmont to Scout Road.
7. A682 Gisburn Road (5.2m) between A59 at Gisburn and Whittycroft Avenue (between Barrowford and Blacko).
8. B6232 Grane Road (4.7m) between A56 through Haslingden Grane to A6177 Elton Road junction with Sough Lane.
How do they work?
Average speed camera systems work using automatic number plate recognition and a set of cameras over a planned length of road. In Lancashire this ranges from 0.5 miles to 8.5 miles long. The cameras recognise number plates at set points along the routes; the system will calculate vehicle speed based on the time taken to travel between the points of a known distance. Infrared technology means images are clearer in low light and in the dark.
Why are they there?
Lancashire’s Average Speed Camera Systems are being installed to improve road safety. They encourage road users to travel within the existing signed speed limits (there will be no changes to speed limits as a result of installation on the 8 routes). Some of the average speed camera systems will be placed on routes where there is a need for action but there aren’t any other options for enforcement. All the routes have been carefully selected based on casualty information since 01.01.2011 on a case by case basis. Since 01.01.2011 (to 30.09.2016) there have been 273 collisions resulting in 426 casualties on the 8 routes chosen for the average speed cameras. Of those casualties, 12 proved fatal and 71 suffered serious or life changing injuries.
The average speed camera systems are used alongside other existing education and engineering solutions. Any existing fixed housings will be removed as part of this process.
How will we know they’re being used?
There will be a significant amount of media coverage and a signage strategy in place to ensure motorists know they’re in the average speed route. All the routes will be installed by the end of 2017 and enforcement will begin soon after the works are completed on each site; the first average speed enforcement started March 2017.
What will the signs look like?
Signing for average speed systems are not a legal requirement but is considered best practice. In Lancashire the signing is consistent with that used on average speed camera systems elsewhere in the UK and meets current guidelines.
What are the cameras?
All average speed camera systems are rigorously tested in order to achieve Home Office Type Approval before they can be used. Following a tender process Jenoptik won the contract to install Lancashire’s average speed systems and will install SPECS3 cameras in yellow housings. This will be a wireless system allowing greater flexibility and lower costs than older cameras where solid wiring was required.
The cameras are capable of reading number plates in both directions and across more than one lane.
What if I get caught?
Motorists detected exceeding the speed limit on the average speed camera routes will be processed in the same way as other speeding offences in Lancashire – some may be eligible for a national speed awareness course or a conditional offer of fixed penalty (currently £100 and 3 penalty points) or for higher speeds the matter may be referred to the Magistrates’ Court.
Who is responsible for them?
The cameras have been commissioned and funded by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership and will be enforced by Lancashire Constabulary.
How much did they cost?
The cameras have been installed by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership and the cost of the scheme over the 5 year contracted period is £2,150,000; this includes all equipment, fully managed installation, off site processing, maintenance and on-going support.
All 8 average speed systems have been financed by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership and this will continue for the duration of the project; funds are a combination of historical road safety reserves earmarked for this initiative and costs recovered from driver behaviour diversionary courses.
National figures from the Department for Transport puts the average cost at just more than £2 million per fatal collision and nearly £230,000 per serious collision.
Are they effective?
There are around 100 permanent average speed camera routes in the UK (Lancashire will have the 100th), safety has consistently improved on a variety of road types using this system in the UK and worldwide. Research by the RAC Foundation showed that the numbers of fatal and serious collisions decreases by around a third after average speed cameras are introduced.
How will you know they are effective?
As part of the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership’s project we have already begun a piece of research to review speed data, traffic flow and casualty information at all 8 of the sites to provide comparisons over time.
What about the environmental impact?
It is hoped that with improved traffic flow, fewer road closures and slower speeds both noise and pollution will reduce.
This is just to make money
Any receipts from speeding offence fixed penalties and court fines are paid to HM Treasury’s consolidated fund, not to local police or councils. Average speed camera routes result in strong compliance to the speed limit therefore generate a low number of excess speed notices.
The system will catch too many people.
The camera equipment and signs are conspicuous; the only people detected will be the ones who choose to ignore the speed limit.
What about motorbikes?
The average speed camera system is designed to have flexibility in its operation and is capable of detecting and enforcing speeds for all vehicle types.
What about changing lanes?
The SPECS3 camera system is a multi-lane system capable of monitoring all vehicles regardless of lane changes and direction of travel.
Average speed cameras increase journey time
The majority of people will not see any change in their journey time as speed limits are not changing as a result of the average speed systems. Journey times are more reliable due to smoother traffic flow.
What are you doing to improve cycling safety in Lancashire?
Through education Training in schools such as Bikeability and Passport to safer cycling to tips and advice via our social media . Highways are also working on engineering, infrastructure or 'hard measures', implementing schemes at specific sites, aimed at reducing road collisions too.
How do I report a dangerous road surface?
Is there any information on adult cycle training
There is also some great information on cycling in Lancashire here www.bwdconnect.org.uk/travel-choices/cycling/
Parked cars are blocking the footpath/the end of my drive/obstructing access for emergency service vehicles – what can I do?
How do I report a dangerous pothole?
Where do I report illegal parking?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What is being done about mobility scooter safety?
- Older Drivers
I am concerned about an elderly relative driving – what can I do?
www.olderdrivers.org.uk provides you with information on how to analyse your driving and cope with these changes whilst planning for the future
Whose responsibility is it to report a notifiable medical condition to the DVLA?
It is your own responsibility to notify the DVLA if you have a reportable medical condition. If the advice is not followed a concerned family member, or GP can also report the condition to the DVLA.
How often should I get an eye test?
Even if you are not aware of any problems you should have your eyes tested every 2 years. The eye test is a regular health check, which can detect underlying health problems as well as changes in your vision. It may need to be more frequent depending on your age and medical history.
Is there any information about Driving safely assessments for older drivers
- In Car Safety
Where can I find information on child car seat safety and checking events?
You can take a look our In-Car Seat Safety leaflet in the resources section of this website, it sits under 'car occupant'. You can also check when events are at www.childseatsafety.co.uk/events/
How do I find out how safe my car is?