|5 July 2008.
For immediate release.
"This is not a trivial issue or an attempt to exploit a 'loophole'. The purpose of the requirement to lay a SI before Parliament is so that speed measuring devices are subject to proper scrutiny. Those authorised since 1992 include laser speed meters, some types of which have repeatedly caused concern that they can give false high readings. Had the proper procedure been followed, these devices might not have been authorised and drivers wrongly convicted."The procedural error was discovered by Scottish community lawyer Robbie the Pict. The legal point has been argued in cases in Scotland 2 and barrister Michael Shrimpton convinced Nuneaton magistrates in June to throw out a speeding case because the laser speed meter used to provide evidence had not been properly approved. Shrimpton is also acting in a case put before Kingston magistrates 3 and there are more cases in hand in England, Scotland and Wales.
"Once again we see the Government applying heavy-handed enforcement of the letter of the law while having a casual attitude to observing the law itself. If the eventual outcome is that millions of speeding convictions are found to have been unlawful, the cost of reimbursement will be massive, but it will only have itself to blame."