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Published:  2015-07-23 Views:  638
Author:  WatchDog
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Speed Cameras - What The Law Says

The prosecution guidelines for ASOD camera systems form part of the “Prosecuting Guidelines for Speed Measuring Equipment and Traffic Light Violation Monitoring Equipment”.

The requirements for speed measuring equipment include:

  • An accredited laboratory shall calibrate or verify all speed measuring equipment, all time or time interval measuring equipment. This must happen every 12 months.
  • A land surveyor, an accredited laboratory, or suitable qualified person shall validate all distance checking markers for validation of speed measuring equipment.
  • No prosecution may be instituted where the speed measurement was taken within 300 metres of the commencement of the speed limit zone.
  • Only speed measuring or traffic light violation monitoring equipment installed in a permanently secured housing may be used for automated operations for prosecution of speed violations.

The requirements for average speed limit prosecutions over extended distances include:

  • If equipment is used to capture an image of a motor vehicle to calculate the average speed of such motor vehicle over an extended distance, at least two images with description of location must be recorded – one at the start location and one at the end location.
  • The date of offence and the time of offence must appear on the images.
  • The information on the images and the information on the National Register of Vehicles should correlate with regard to the make and type of vehicle.
  • The distance between the start location and end location shall be determined by a suitably qualified person.
  • Speed limit signs together with average speed enforcement information signs must be displayed at the approach of an average speed over distance enforcement section.

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