A case about mobile speed cameras and illegally parked operators struck a chord with me as I cover this precise scenario in my book.

Interestingly for me, my first blog in April 2016 was about a similar scenario.

BACKGROUND

A Council speed trap officer was illegally parked on double yellow lines was confronted by an angry pedestrian who filmed it and uploaded it to YouTube. The video went viral and caught the attention of the national media.

CRITERIA

The Road Traffic Act cuts both ways and local authorities can’t have it all ways. You can easily contest a speeding ticket based on the fact that the operator was illegally parked and was actually breaking the traffic laws they were trying to enforce.

THE LOOPHOLE EFFECT

Motorists are finding inspiration from high profile celebrity cases where they have hired Nick Freeman (otherwise known as ‘Mr Loophole’) for his ability to find loopholes in badly drafted legislation and sloppy administration errors by the authorities trying to enforce the laws.

I took a similar tack back in 2007 to cancel an alleged speeding offence based on a landmark case that went all the way to the High Court. A motorist who bought my book and followed my advice successfully beat a speeding ticket on temporary roadworks.

PERSECUTION

The persecution of drivers is never-ending with fuel prices, taxation, insurance rip-offs, road closures, potholes, Councils disputing legitimate claims, obscured and confusing signs on bus lanes and everything else under the guise of environmental policies. This is completely unacceptable. Motorists are getting no bang for their buck whatsoever and deserve so much more.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that motorists are fairly treated by the authorities or do you think they are exploited? Do you have an opinion on mobile speed cameras?

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