The Different Types of Speed Cameras | Hinckley, Stoke & Wolverhampton | V12 Sports And Classics

Driving is simultaneously about freedom and following the rules. After all, a licence may give you the ability to go wherever you like but failing to stick to the speed limits and other limitations will quickly result in some serious consequences.

Here at V12 Sports and Classics we believe that speeding is one of the most dangerous things that a driver can do which is why the government have installed a range of speed cameras in every town and city to catch those who think they are above the law. Here are some of the different types…

Gatso

As the most common type of speed camera on the UK’s roads, the Gatso is bright yellow and incredibly hard to miss. In fact, they have been in place since the early 90’s. These rear-facing speed cameras will capture an image of the driver’s number plate in the instance that speeding is detected and often flash when triggered.

Truvelo

Sharing characteristics with the Gatso, this type of speed camera is the second most popular installation in the UK. With this said, they are front-facing rather than rear-facing, which means that they are able to capture an image of both the number plate and the driver and this can help expel disputes about who was driving at the time of the offence.

Red Light Cameras

As perhaps the hardest camera to spot, a red light camera doesn’t focus its attention on speed as much as it does traffic lights. With this said, they are able to detect the speed that a vehicle is going when it crosses a red light. It is important to note that these cameras are different from the Gatso and Truvelo because, unlike their speedy counterparts, they are a dull grey colour. This is due to the fact that the 2001 law amendment that ordered all speed cameras to be painted yellow didn’t apply to red light cameras.

Mobile Cameras

Another way that you may be caught speeding is through mobile speed cameras. These are found in subtly marked vehicles with officers inside who track your speed as you travel past. If you are found to be exceeding the speed limit then you will be issued with the appropriate response. These speed cameras are in place because many drivers only abide by the limits when passing a Gatso or Truvelo camera and a mobile unit can help catch speeders when they least expect it.

Following the speed limit is your responsibility as a driver. After all, speeding can be dangerous for both pedestrians and other road users. In fact, there is a misconception that cameras give you a 10% leeway on your speed before you can be prosecuted, but this is actually incorrect. The minute you exceed the limit, you are susceptible to a fine, points on your licence or even disqualification.

Our range of used cars here at V12 Sports and Classics are perfect for sensible drivers who aim to have a good time on the road rather than a joy ride. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!