Some of you may have noticed a new type of speed camera popping up across the UK. They look a little different and also act differently to the big yellow boxes we are used to.

These cameras are called Vector SR Speed Camera. They are set to replace the cameras we are currently used to in the UK.

As you will see they are taller, thinner and less obvious than the cameras we are accustomed to.  Looks are not the only differences however. Below I will explain the differences in function and what that could mean to drivers.

The key difference, however, is that they are a lot more intelligent. They work with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and infrared as well as being able to work in low light.

Their primary focus will be the same as the old cameras; to catch people speeding. However, this is not all they are able to do. Firstly, they face in both directions this means that they cover both sides of the road at all times.

They aren’t just capable of catching cars going above the speed limit, they are also capable of catching people when they are failing to wear a seat belt.

In addition to this, they’re also able to catch when people are using their mobile phones. This does go to highlight just how intelligent these new cameras are.

Another key difference to note is that the Vector SR cameras do not flash. The current cameras in use flash when a car passes through the zone above the speed limit. This allows the driver to be aware of his speed and adjust accordingly. With the Vector cameras, this is not a thing. This means that drivers can go about their day oblivious to the fact they have been caught speeding. Human error is something we cannot remove, it has happened numerous times where people are convinced the limit on the road is above what it really is. Without the flash to highlight their error, many people may find the speeding tickets piling up. Without the flash, you will only be aware of the offence up to two weeks later when the ticket is posted to you and, unfortunately, this may be too late.

All the aforementioned offences carry with them a risk of penalty points. With the lack of instant warning given, this significantly heightens the risk of people obtaining 12 or more points and thus being liable for a totting disqualification of a minimum period of 6 months.

What We Can do

If you face a totting disqualification regardless of how these points are obtained, we may be able to help.

We can assist in bringing an exceptional hardship argument to the court. Exceptional hardship occurs when either yourself, or those around you would suffer exceptionally as a result of the disqualification period. This by no means is a guarantee as the bar is a high one and certain things can and can’t be taken into account.

For more information regarding your circumstances and the possibility of exceptional hardship please get in contact with myself here at Farleys and I will be more than happy to discuss your case and how I may be able to assist. Call 0845 287 0939, get in touch through our online contact form or use the chat button below.