Average speed enforcement cameras

When you see a fixed speed limit sign on our roads, together with 'Average speed check', this means that vehicles exceeding that speed limit are detected by average speed enforcement cameras.

Average speed enforcement cameras

Provided by us, these cameras work by calculating the time taken for a vehicle to travel over a certain distance. (Other types of speed detection cameras simply calculate the speed of a vehicle as it passes a specific point).

Our average speed enforcement camera are painted yellow. They are equipped with infra-red illuminators, allowing them to work in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day.

How the cameras work

The detection set-up requires cameras in at least two locations. Each vehicle is detected by both an 'entry camera' and an 'exit camera'. The vehicle registration plate is recorded using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) as it passes the entry and exit cameras, then matches the vehicle data recorded. It calculates the average speed from the known distance between the entry and exit camera locations and the time taken for the vehicle to pass.

Average speed check sign

A fixed speed limit sign together with 'Average speed check' is displayed where the cameras are deployed.

If the average speed exceeds the legal speed limit, the system retrieves the ANPR data and recorded images of the passing vehicle together with date and time stamps from both cameras, creating an evidence record which is sent to the police. (For all vehicles passing the cameras which have not exceeded the average speed limit, the number plate data and vehicle images will be automatically deleted.)

The average speed cameras are equipped with infra-red illuminators, allowing them to work in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day. Each camera must go through a robust testing and certification process to ensure that evidence from it can be admissible in UK courts.

Who uses the data?

While we supply vehicle speed detection equipment on our roads, we're not a law enforcement authority. Speed limits are always enforced by the police. Therefore, all data and evidence of speed infringements which is collected by our speed cameras is sent directly, securely and exclusively to the relevant police force. After examination of the evidence the police will decide upon the most appropriate prosecution action.