Jan 23rd, 2010 by admin
A man from Nottingham has been caught ‘driving’ at 0 km/h by a speed camera not once but twice.
Jeff Buck, aged 55, has received two speeding fines in the post and letters of intended prosection for the offences.
His parked car had been snapped by a speed camera on his street, apparently as other cars sped past.
Nottinghamshire Police claimed he was snapped while driving his Vauxhall Zafira at 37mph in a 30mph zone.
When Mr Buck demanded to see the photographs, police dropped the case.
The problem for Mr Buck is the camera is situated outside his home where his car is parked.
When speeding drivers are caught by the camera, his car is snapped too and he gets sent the fine by mistake.
Mr Buck said: ‘The photographs must presumably show two vehicles, with mine parked halfway on the pavement and road.
‘It’s amazing that whatever system is in place cannot tell the difference between a car that is motionless and one travelling at 37mph.
‘I am amused by it, but also angry that I have to go to the trouble of contacting the police.
‘My only option is to park the car on the road as I don’t have a garage or driveway.’
Police have since apologised for the mix-up. In a statement they said: ‘The software used to read number plates has captured his car’s number plate in the image.
‘On both occasions the offending vehicle number plates were similar to those of Mr Buck’s vehicle registration number.
‘We will examine the processes and see if improvements can be made to minimise the chance of this happening again in the future.’
Lucky he wasn’t in Victoria – the police would have still taken him to court, demanded he still pay the fine, but award no demerit points!