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Speeding, Glasgow, 30 November 2017, case deserted

This was a case involving the VASCAR speed detection system. VASCAR works in a clever way. It is basically a speed/distance/time device. The police see a car that they believe to be speeding. Once the car passes a point in the road (eg an overbridge), the time switch on the VASACR device is pressed. When the police pass the same point, a distance switch is pressed. When the car passes a second point, the time switch is stopped. The police now know the time it has taken the car to travel between the two points. When the police car passes the same point, the distance switch is stopped. The police now know the distance between the tow points. The VASCAR does an immediate speed=distance/time calculation and a speed is displayed.

It is a simple and elegant system. However it requires two things – a high degree of operator accuracy and proof that the device is accurate. In this case we quickly identified a likely issue regarding the second of these. Unfortunately for the Crown, they did not realise until the morning of the trial. The Crown had no option other than to ask for an adjournment. We opposed the motion and it was refused by the court. The case was then deserted.

This case was defended by Steven Farmer on 30 November 2017 at Glasgow Justice of the Peace Court