All the types of speed cameras which can land you a fine – and ones which won’t

Close to 75 per cent of all motoring offenses are speeding-related – which can see Brits slapped with three points on their license or a minimum £100 fine

A police officer records passing vehicles inside a mobile speed van

Knowing the difference between the multitude of speed cameras on UK roads could help Brits swerve a costly fine.

Recent figures have revealed nearly 75 per cent of all motoring offenses are speed-related.

A report released in February revealed that 96 per cent of all of those offenses across England and Wales were detected by cameras in the 12 months between March 2020 and 2021.

Offending drivers can have three points knocked off their license and be hit with a minimum £100 fine, unless they’re given the option of attending a speed awareness course, Chronicle Live reports. .

With the cost of living as it is, the last thing any of us need is an extra payments coming our way and it must be bitter pill to swallow for some drivers.

Being caught speeding on an automatic number plate recognition camera can result in a fine



But are all traffic cameras out to get us? Not all of them it seems, as today there are numerous cameras, often with a different role to play.

There are up to 15 different types of road cameras in the UK. But only some of them have the power to fine you. We take a look at the most common ones found on British roads and reveal which speed cameras fine you and which do not.

Gatso – speed camera. FINE

UK gatso speed camera – which is the most common camera on UK roads


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Since the introduction of speed cameras on Britain’s roads in 1992, it’s the Gatsometer BV speed camera which has become the most commonly used camera on the UK’s roads. Now found of course in digital format.

They are found all over the country, particularly near accident black-spots.

Mmobile speed camera. FINE

Operated by police officers — these devices are hand-held or mounted in vans that are normally parked in lay-bys. The cameras either use laser or radar technology.

They can appear anywhere at any time.

Mobile speed cameras are operated by police and can be deployed anywhere and at anytime


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Highways Agency CCTV cameras – not a speed camera. NO FINE

These cameras do not fine you. They are primarily used for traffic management. When an accident occurs or animal runs onto the motorway, these cameras allow the operator to act accordingly, altering the speed limit through the screens mounted on the gantries above the motorway.

They also provide the Highways England with a valuable appreciation of how road-users make use of the network. This knowledge helps ensure future public-funded investment is made most effectively.

NOT used to catch speeding motorists, they are found on motorways and major A-roads.

Highway Agency CCTV Cameras – No Fine

Pictured: File photo of a CCTV camera


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SPECS – speed camera. FINE

These big boys are able to monitor four lanes simultaneously, sets of these cameras are mounted on gantries. These are equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and photograph every vehicle that passes beneath them.

The data is then sent to another set of cameras further down the road (a minimum of 200m away).

The time that it takes for the vehicle to travel between these two set points is established, and as a result, a motorist’s average speed between the two points is worked out. Speed ​​ends can result.

SPECS speed camera manufactured by Speed ​​Check Services


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Fitted with infra-red illuminators, they work night and day, and in all weathers. They are found on motorways and dual carriageways all over the country.

Highways Agency ANPR Cameras – not a speed camera. NO FINE

The Highways England utilizes Automatic Number Plate Recognition ANPR cameras, identifiable by their bright green housings, to support traffic management by sending data to the NTOC from which traffic flow information is calculated.

The Highways Agency ANPR cameras (pictured) are not used to collect information for purposes

The ANPR cameras do not capture individual number plates passing a camera installation – they are used to determine traffic levels. There are restrictions, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, on the Highways England’s use and storage of data from these cameras.

The ANPR data is permanently encrypted at the moment of ‘capture’ into a non-unique text string to prevent identification of individual vehicles (ie full number plate details are not recorded or stored).

Police Automatic Number Plate Recognition. Fine.

These record number plates of every passing vehicle, then store information to ‘help detect, deter and disrupt criminality at a local, force, regional and national level’.

Being caught speeding on an automatic number plate recognition camera can result in a fine



Records can be accessed for up to two years. If a vehicle is of interest to police, officers monitoring it can order a patrol car team to stop the driver and, if necessary, make an arrest. They are found across the country.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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