Speed camera vans

Enforcing speed limits is an important part of the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety programme.

Lancashire Police Speed Camera VanFor some motorists it is the risk of being detected speeding and receiving a penalty that is the most effective speeding deterrent.

Lancashire Police can enforce any speed limit on any road in Lancashire. The only requirement in law for speeding convictions to be valid is that there is appropriate notification of the speed limit to motorists on the road in question and evidence that the legal speed limit has been exceeded.

  • Camera technicians are employees of Lancashire Constabulary. They are not Police Officers, but are authorised by the Chief Constable to carry out their role as a Camera Technician
  • A mobile technician can enforce vehicles travelling in both directions.
  • The technicians can also detect motorists not wearing seatbelts or using a mobile phone whilst driving. 
  • There is no requirement to provide camera warning signs.
  • There are a number of ways mobile 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
  • Camera Technicians are not set targets in relation to offences detected; their only target is the number of hours they enforce during a working day.
  • Fixed penalty fines are collected by HM Courts and Tribunals Service on behalf of the Treasury; they are not paid to the Police.
  • A full risk assessment is carried out and the technician will check to see if there are any parking restrictions. We don’t park on double yellow lines or cycle lanes and ensure they are not causing an unnecessary obstruction. The van is always manned so if anyone requires access where the van is parked we will move it immediately.
  • If the van is parked on private property then we would obtain permission from the land owner before enforcement was carried out.

If you think you may have been detected exceeding the speed limit a Notice of Intended Prosecution will be sent out to the registered keeper of the vehicle within 14 days of the alleged speeding offence.

In addition a small group of police personnel and local authority representatives also manage complaints of excess speed submitted by members of the public; analysis is carried out to verify any complaints (casualty data and speed readings taken by the relevant council are considered) and where substantiated and the site assessed as suitable for parking, enforcement is then programmed into the relevant technician’s tasking.


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