Caught speeding by a 'safety partnership' - do ACPO guidelines apply?

I was recently caught in a speed trap where the camera is hidden in the back of a van, which was being run by a so-called “safety partnership”. Do I have the right to ask for a copy of the photograph which may show the driver? Also does the equipment have to be re-calibrated regularly and can I ask for a copy of this?

ACPO recommends a tolerance of 10 per cent plus 3mph so in theory a camera in a 30mph limit should not photograph vehicles travelling at less than 37mph. In my case the speed on the summons shows 36mph. If you are able to give me your views on this I would be most grateful.

Asked on 1 July 2012 by RHE, via email

Answered by Honest John
Police officers are not obliged to follow ACPO guidelines and readers have been prosecuted for as little as 34mph in a 30mph zone. You only have the rights you mention if you challenge the accusation and take the matter to court. If you then lose, you face a much bigger fine, paying victims support, court costs and getting more points. If they offer you a speed awareness course instead, grab it with open arms. Then you don't have to tell your insurer.
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