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Camera speed enforcement within Lancashire falls into three categories; which use different equipment to detect the speed of motorists.

Speed Enforcement

Speed enforcement is performed by police officers and specially trained police staff.
Camera enforcement within Lancashire falls into three categories;

  • Static Camera
  • Mobile Enforcement
  • Average Speed Camera

Mobile enforcement vehicles can and do detect speeding, mobile phone and seat belt offences. The specially trained police staff also have the capacity to identify other traffic violations such as driver not in proper control or where a driver is not in a position to have a full view of the road or traffic ahead.

There are a number of ways sites are identified .

Any static site can be used for mobile enforcement as long as it is safe to park. Some sites were based on recommendations by local councils in response to community concerns about speeding and more recently new sites can be introduced following complaints made by members of the public.

Once a complaint is made the location is assessed and where necessary speed data considered – if enforcement is deemed appropriate the location is programmed into the Camera Team’s tasking.

See also additional sites introduced by Lancashire RoadWatch.

‘Lancashire RoadWatch,’ was introduced in September 2011 after the local authorities identified the worst roads in our County based on casualty data.

Safety Camera Officers are tasked along these routes and can enforce at any point along the entire route so long as it is safe to do so.

In 2011, ‘Community Road Watch’ was also launched in Lancashire whereby community volunteers work with police officers and police staff and conduct speed checks at locations where speeding has been highlighted as a community concern.

This scheme is educational and warning letters are sent to the registered keepers of the offending vehicles. If you are interested in becoming involved in this initiative please contact Lancashire Constabulary.

Static enforcement within Lancashire is carried out by fixed cameras within yellow camera housings situated at the side of the road. There are almost 280 static camera sites within Lancashire, which may be in use at any given time.

The equipment used within the static cameras is a GATSOMETER Radar System with GS11 camera and flash.

More information on the Gatso model AUS can be found at

The white lines on the road surface are secondary check marks and are a specified distance apart. Once a vehicle has been identified as breaching the set speed threshold the camera will be triggered to take two photographs. The first will be the evidential photograph with the speed recorded on the data bar, the second will be 0.5 seconds afterwards and allows the speed of the vehicle to be confirmed.

This differs from mobile enforcement in that the fixed site is unmanned and requires the second photograph to corroborate the vehicle speed.

The most recent type of enforcement added to Lancashire is Average Speed.

Following a review of roads in Lancashire and collision related casualties eight routes have been installed with average speed camera systems (find out more in our FAQ section).

Lancashire’s Average Speed Camera Systems have been 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 are placed on routes where there is a need for action but there aren’t any other options for enforcement. Our evaluation has shown that casualties, collisions and detected offences have reduced on all 8 routes. You can read the full report here. 

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 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.

Lancashire’s average speed systems use SPECS3 cameras in yellow housings. The cameras are capable of reading number plates in both directions and across more than one lane.

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