Back in 1996 the ABD created a database with the aim of cataloging the location of every speed camera in the country, and publishing that information on our website.
We were lamblasted by some elements of the media for this, and even accused of encouraging drivers to break the law. Yet eventually even the government came to realise that hidden speed cameras were a public relations disaster, and nowadays every speed camera partnership publisizes the location of its cameras and speed camera vans on their own website, and even on local radio.
When we began the task of cataloging speed cameras there were only a few hundred in the whole of the UK. There are now well over 5000. Consequently the task of keeping the information up to date has become impossible for a voluntary organization such as ourselves.
We therefore very much regret that the information on our speed camera pages will no longer be updated as a matter of course, and we can no longer accept updates.
We express our thanks to all those who have contributed data in the past, even if it vanished into our backlog and never appeared on the website.
However, our inability to keep track of all the speed cameras that are spreading like a plague across Britain's roads, should not be taken as a victory by those who seek to abuse technology to extort stealth taxes from drivers, and ‘persuade’ them to use public transport by confiscating their driving licences. It does not mean we are giving up the fight against speed cameras. Far from it, merely changing out tactics.
Firstly, for those who can afford it, there are a growing number of technological solutions to the problem, most of which use GPS satellite tracking to warn you of speed camera locations whilst on the move. Whilst this is much more practical than a list on a website, we recognise many people will be put off by the price. However, this has to be balanced against the cost of losing your job and livelyhood as a result of the near-fanatical way drivers are being persecuted by the camera obsessed authorities.
In addition, 'safety' camera partnerships publish a list of speed camera locations on their websites; though the information is often somewhat vague. Our Talivan page provides a link to each of the partnerships.
The best example we know of is Devon & Cornwall 'Safety' Camera Partnership, who have adopted material originally produced by Devon & Cornwall Police that includes both maps and photos of all cameras.
There are also a growing number of campaigning and business websites that list camera locations.
For a low-tech portable solution, all the AA Road Atlases for 2006 include speed camera location symbols:
You can download our Speed Enforcement Site Audit Form, and check whether speed cameras in your area conform with home office guidelines. If they are grey and hidden behind signs, complain, and keep complaining until they do something about it. There are 25 million drivers in this country and if everyone of us complains about every electronic highwayman lurking behind a sign or tree . . . . . you do the maths.
The only real solution is to stop the authorities abusing them for revenue collection and 'persuading' drivers to use public transport. To do that you need to join us and help us to campaign against them.
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