Running a red light
Traffic light cameras are positioned on or near to a set of traffic lights with the purpose of photographing vehicles that stray through on red. If you have e-received a fixed penalty notice just give us a call for a FREE case consultation. We can and do win this type of case. Just provide us with some details and we can tell if we reckon we can win and how much it would cost to instruct us to deal with your case.
The cameras used nowadays often also have the capability of measuring speed. This is not a commonly used camera in Scotland but we have heard of several instances of use in England and in Europe.
Similar to the GATSO or the TRUVELO type of camera in looks. Just a bit narrower and a little less noticeable than the standard GATSO. It takes a photograph of the vehicle from behind therefore the driver cannot be identified. If uncertain who was driving at the time of the offence it is therefore not going to help to ask for the photographs from when the person ran the red light.
They are activated either by using ground loops that are cut into road surface or radar technology. The theory is that they should not go off if the vehicle breaks the beam or crosses the loop while the lights are at amber.When using loops, as the traffic lights turn red the system becomes active, any vehicle passing over the sensor in the road after this time is then photographed. Radar based cameras work in the same manner as the Gatso speed cameras.
What can I expect on my licence?
Being prosecuted in the UK by a traffic light camera can result in a minimum of 3 penalty points and a £60 fine. Normally you will receive a fixed penalty notice through the post. Do not ignore this in the mistaken belief that service cannot be proved therefore “They will never the prove the case” This is a poor piece of internet legal advice, promulgated by people in other jurisdictions who know nothing about the law in Scotland. In Scotland the authorities will simply need to prove they sent the notice NOT that you received it.
Like much of our road traffic law and the penalties that related the fine amount and points are currently under review by the government and may increase.
Remember that you must receive the notice of prosecution within 14 days of the alleged offence and if the matter is to proceed to trial you must receive the copy complaint within 6 months of the alleged offence. If not then contact us and we should be able to win your case for you.