Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Motorists furious after speed camera hidden behind tree catches 1,000 vehicles in six weeks . . .

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Motorists furious after speed camera hidden behind tree catches 1,000 vehicles in six weeks

  • Drivers claim speed camera is hidden from view behind overgrown trees
  • It has caught 1,000 vehicles exceeding 30mph limit in the last six weeks
  • Council has launched investigation after numerous motorists complained
  • However, council says 'speed camera warning signs' are clearly displayed 
A permanent speed camera hidden behind trees on a busy road has clocked 1,000 vehicles in six weeks, it has emerged.

Motorists have hit out at the authorities responsible for the camera on the A4 in Saltford near Bath, Somerset, claiming it has caught so many drivers because it is obscured from view.

Bath and North East Somerset Council said an investigation has been launched into the positioning of the camera, after receiving numerous complaints from disgruntled drivers.

The once de-commissioned camera was reactivated in February and has since flashed' 1,000 drivers - netting £100,000 - exceeding the 30mph speed limit.


Motorists have hit out at the authorities responsible for the camera on the A4 in Saltford near Bath, Somerset, claiming it has caught so many drivers because it is obscured from view behind trees (camera is circled)


The once de-commissioned camera was reactivated in February and has since flashed' 1,000 drivers - netting £100,000 - exceeding the 30mph speed limit. The camera is behind trees on the left-hand side of this picture

Drivers claim overgrown trees and foliage are blocking the camera from sight and say it is unfair.

The speed camera is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council but operated by Avon and Somerset Police.

The council said 'speed camera warning signs' are clearly displayed in the area, but confirmed an investigation was ongoing.

A spokesman said: 'The camera is operated by Avon and Somerset Police who issue penalty notices to people exceeding the speed limit.

'There is a speed camera warning sign and the camera is within a clearly-marked 30mph area; there are also clear markings on the road next to it.

'We have received one complaint about the visibility of this camera and we are currently looking into this.'

Speed cameras in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary force area had been switched off until recently.


Bath and North East Somerset Council said an investigation has been launched into the position of the camera, after receiving numerous complaints from disgruntled drivers who claim it was hidden behind trees (far left)


The speed camera (pictured top left) is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council but operated by Avon and Somerset Police. The authorities said 'speed camera warning signs' are clearly displayed in the area


The speed camera is situated on the busy A4 in Saltford near Bath, Somerset, and has caught 1,000 drivers

The decision to turn off the cameras was made four years ago when the existing safety camera partnerships were closed down.

Ten weeks ago, 30 static cameras were set to be switched on, but according to a report in May, just two were working, in Saltford and New Bristol Road, Worle.

The cameras caught out nearly 3,000 drivers in six weeks in February and March - 1,912 in Worle and 967 in Saltford.

According to police, the process of switching the cameras back on is ongoing.

Superintendent Richard Corrigan, of Avon and Somerset Road Safety, said: 'We have been very clear with the public that the static cameras are being switched on and we have publicised their locations. 

'The road through Saltford is a clearly marked 30mph area. We urge drivers to abide by the law and to make our roads safe for all.'

It is not a legal requirement for speed cameras to be clearly visible to drivers, or for them to be painted yellow. 







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