Police can hide to catch you speeding!
Speeding motorists of the Cheddar Valley are complaining of entrapment by the police.
A recent change in law, which has not been well publicised, means that previous rules of visibility with a speed gun are no longer in force.
Authorities operating speed camera vans used to be required to make themselves highly visible, with locations notified in advance.
But the rules have been discreetly scrapped, and cameras can now be hidden away inside unmarked vehicles.
Police have always been able to use speed cameras at their own discretion, and have recently introduced motorcycle based units that can use more irregular locations.
Since the move, there have been reports of speed police hiding out in everything from tractors to horse boxes.
A Cheddar motorist, who drives for a living, said he had been caught speeding by a “hidden policeman” on the A371, where the speed limit changes from 40mph to 30mph.
The business owner, who wanted to remain anonymous due to ongoing proceedings, is appealing his speeding ticket and three points on his licence.
“[The police] are not allowed to hide behind bushes or go incognito when catching speeding motorists,” he said, clearly unaware of the change in the law.
“They are meant to be in high-viz jackets and in marked police cars.
“I realise I was speeding as I went into the 30mph section, but [the police] purposely set themselves up there, hidden, to get as many people as possible. It’s entrapment and I’ll fight it.”
But the recent decision by the Government has seen the rules, enforced eight years ago ensuring visibility, scrapped.
Around 815,000 speeding tickets are issued a year, raking in more than £135million.
The minimum penalty for speeding is a £100 fine and three penalty points added to your licence.
In some circumstances, you can take a Speed Awareness Course. You could be disqualified from driving if you build up 12 or more penalty points within a period of three years.