Click below to view contact details of the partner agencies:
For concerns other than speeding such as dangerous road surfaces, potholes, signage, street furniture, lighting, vegetation, etc. please contact your local authority:
Blackburn with Darwen Council – Contact us
Blackpool Council – Contact us
Lancashire County Council – Contact us – Roads, parking and travel
Please also check through the FAQ section below which has answers to some common queries.
Concerns must be over a location (not an individual vehicle).
The Lancashire Speed Management Group (a partnership between many of the LRSP partners including the local authorities and the police) will consider 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.
To submit a speed concern about a location please click here
To view the outcomes of previously assessed roads please click here
To view the Community Tool Kit please click here
Speed Offence Enquiries
Should you have any queries in relation to a Notice of Intended Prosecution for a speeding offence, and in order to ensure an efficient and speedy response to your enquiry, please quote;
Your 16 digit Notice Reference (starting 004) / your full name / your date of birth / the 1st line of your address / your postcode.
Please direct your correspondence to either of the following addresses:
Email – email@example.com
Post – Safer Roads Unit , PO Box 1329, Preston, PR2 0SX
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 this course is a direct alternative to prosecution resulting from excess speed. Offences arising from deliberate or reckless actions should result in prosecution.
- 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 seat belt, 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 mobile enforcement can take place 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.
. Excess speed complaints submitted by members of the public using the dedicated speed concerns portal are also assessed and enforcement may be programmed into the tasking of the safety cameras, along with neighbourhood teams and roads policing officers where appropriate.
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?
Safety Camera Officers 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 email SubjectAccess@lancashire.police.uk
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 are they?
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 carried out a piece of research to review speed data, traffic flow and casualty information at all 8 of the sites to provide comparisons over time. This research has now been published and is available here: https://lancsroadsafety.co.uk/average-speed-camera-success/
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 is designed to be 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.
It wasn’t me driving at the time of the alleged offence, what do I do?
You can nominate the driver online using the Constabulary's Public Access System (PAS), instructions are provided within your correspondence, alternatively, complete the S172 request for information form providing details of the person you believe was driving the vehicle and return to the Safer Roads Unit.
I’m not sure who was driving at the time of the alleged offence?
As the recipient of this request you are required to provide any information that may lead to the identification of the driver; failure to do so may result in a prosecution where you will be summonsed for the offence of ‘failing to furnish’ (S172 Road Traffic Act 1988). If you are found guilty you are likely to receive a significantly higher penalty than the original alleged offence along with court costs.
(If there is insufficient space in Section B of the S172 form please use a separate sheet and return it with the signed S172 form.)
Please also visit the public access system which will allow you to view the photographs of the alleged offence using the pin number located on the 1st page of your NIP/S172 request for information, reminder or conditional offer letter.
What happens if I ignore your request for information?
You may be prosecuted for the offence of ‘failing to furnish’.
Can I request photographic evidence?
Images captured at the time of the alleged offence are required as evidence and confirm vehicle, speed and offence location, they are not taken to identify the driver. Responsibility rests with the recipient of this request to provide as much information as possible to identify the driver. In some circumstances the images might assist and although under no obligation to do so the Safer Road Unit may provide copies in these cases however they can be viewed online using the Public Access System (www.lancashirepas.co.uk).
I had sold this vehicle at the time of the alleged offence – why have I received a notice?
The registered keeper details for this vehicle have been supplied by the DVLA so it appears they have not received notification of the transfer/sale from both parties; please provide details of the person or company that bought your vehicle in the S172 form provided via royal mail or online. It may also be advisable for you to contact DVLA to ensure their records are updated.
I did not receive the notice of intended prosecution within 14 days of the offence – is it valid?
In ALL cases a Notice of Intended Prosecution will have been issued to the last known keeper of the vehicle (obtained from DVLA records) within 14 days of the alleged offence; safeguards are in place to prevent documentation being sent outside this statutory period.
If you have received a Notice outside the 14 day period you are likely to have been nominated as the driver and now have a responsibility to respond to the S172 request for information within the time specified on the Notice.
I have received a reminder but have already responded to the initial request for information?
Reminders are sent after 21 days to motorists who have failed to respond; if you have recently submitted a response and admit being the driver you will shortly receive advice on what happens next.
If you submitted a response more than 14 days ago please contact the Safer Roads Unit office as soon as possible so they can confirm safe receipt of your reply.
Can I appeal against this alleged offence?
The Safer Roads Unit can only consider appeals against alleged offences after they receive an admission from the driver and any appeal must be made in writing.
There is also the right to elect a court hearing and details on how to do this will be provided once they receive an admission; they strongly recommend legal advice is sought before taking this option.
Where can I find legal advice?
You should seek legal advice from a reputable and qualified legal advisor; there is a great deal of advice on the internet regarding safety camera speed enforcement, much of this information is incorrect and most sites carry a disclaimer to absolve them of any responsibility for actions you take as a result of their advice.
I read on a website I don’t have to sign the S172 form, is this correct?
The recipient of the request is responsible for the consequences of not completing the form properly; if you do not do this the Safer Roads Unit will return the Notice without extending your time for completion.
If a properly completed form is not received by their office either via royal mail or online within the specified timescale you may be prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court for the offence of ‘Failing to Furnish’.
Can I have a caution?
Lancashire Constabulary do not offer cautions for safety camera speeding offences; instead the thresholds for prosecution are set at a higher level of 10% +3 for all speed limits (i.e. in a 30mph limit the lowest speed they will prosecute for is 36mph).
If your speed is below this threshold you will not receive any correspondence regarding an offence of speeding from our force.
I have a clean driving history; will this be taken into consideration?
Prior driving history is not taken into consideration; all motorists are treated equally.
How do I contact the Safer Roads Unit?
You can make contact with the department by telephone, 8am – 12pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (excluding bank holidays) on 01772 410900, alternatively you can email SRU@lancashire.police.uk or write to them at their postal address:
Safer Roads Unit
PO Box 1329
To comply with Data Protection and before they can respond, you must include the following details in your request:
1. 16 digit Notice Reference (begins 004 and is quoted on all correspondence)
2. Full Name and Date Of Birth
3. 1st line of your Address and Post Code
4. Details of your enquiry
Please note the Safer Roads Unit are not able to provide any information unless you supply these details, and if your enquiry relates to a Court Hearing listed to take place in less than 2 days, please phone them.
I am going away for a few months, what do I do?
If you’re going away for any length of time you should tell the Safer Roads Unit when you are responding to your admission. You should also arrange for your mail to be redirected or for someone to forward your post on to you.
If you do not receive your Conditional Offer of Fixed Penalty or further correspondence within 4 weeks of responding you should telephone the Safer Roads Unit on 01772 410900. Lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am – 12pm. If you fail to make contact and fail to comply with the request for information on this form (or any subsequent offer) then the matter will proceed to court.
I've not heard anything since returning my signed admission?
If you do not receive any further documentation within 21 days of submitting a signed admission to being the driver please contact the Safer Roads Unit.
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?