Go-Safe, bugger off
Correct signing for speed enforcement cameras and speed limits can cause confusion, but can also be challenged, unfortunately many of us are ignorant to the rules concerning the placement of mobile speed cameras and the necessary signage, and this is something police forces exploit.
Below are guidelines set by the department of transport, interestingly many civilian operators of these vehicles ignore these guidelines in an effort to maximise the fines issued as a result of operating illegally or abusing the guidelines they should adhere to.
When you question decisions made by police officers, forces or the cps, as in the case of the mickey mouse investigation into the ‘Thoughts of Oscar’ troll blog and its authorship, and the decision on behalf of the corrupt officer in charge, DS John Hanson, the answer we are always given is as follows:
The evidence presented does not cross the threshold for prosecution as per the guidelines set out by the CPS.
Coppers who are not interested in pursuing the correct outcome for what ever reason always use the ‘GUIDELINES’ as justification for their obvious apathy toward prosecuting certain individuals, as was the case with the MP for Clwyd West David Jones, Nigel Roberts and Dylan Moore all of who authored the troll blog ‘Thoughts of Oscar’, provided information to North Wales Police and allowed North Wales Police to use that blog to their own ends.
The point being is that if its fine and dandy for the police to use the ‘GUIDELINES as a cop out then it should be the same for us when the police refuse to adhere to the ‘GUIDELINES’ as is the case in the following video which I took yesterday morning of a civilian operated North Wales Police GoSafe vehicle parked on Trinity Avenue in Llandudno, that was operating illegally and had not adhered to the ‘GUIDELINES’.
Within 10 minutes of reporting this vehicle to North Wales Police via 101, the vehicle disappeared.
Aide Memoire on Speed Limit and Safety Camera Signing This note provides guidance on speed limit and safety camera signing and is designed to ensure correct and consistent signing across the country. It does not replace or update the legal requirements of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002 but should be considered as best practice. Highway Authorities have a statutory duty to provide and maintain traffic signs, and as a key partner in Safety Camera Partnerships are asked to ensure that: Signing is lawful and complies with the statutory requirements prescribed in TSRGD and also with guidance in the Handbook of Rules and Guidance for the National Safety Camera Programme for England and Wales 2006/07. Any signs not prescribed by TSRGD have been given Special Authorisation by the Department or Government Office for the Regions. Terminal speed limit signs are lit when so required by regulation 18 of TSRGD. Signing is clear and visible so that drivers are aware of the speed limit in force and that speed camera enforcement is taking place. Signing is kept to a minimum to avoid undue clutter and environmental impact whilst meeting the requirements above. A few correctly placed and well-maintained signs are better for drivers and the environment than lots of not so well-placed signs Signs are orderly and maintained in good condition. Providing good information to drivers and having minimal environmental impact Signs are regularly checked for alignment, cleanliness, illumination where required and that they are not obscured e.g. by foliage or other signs. The information contained in this document will already be familiar to you from TSRGD and the Handbook. This is intended as an aide memoire only, and in no circumstances should it be used as a substitute for independent legal advice on your particular circumstances. All relevant regulations, directions and schedules in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (as amended) must be complied with. Non compliance with speed limit signing requirements may mean that the speed limit is unenforceable.