AMPOW - SPEED AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Against the Misuse of Police Waivers
The Government has introduced into Parliament a Bill called the “Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill” that will would regulate, and make legal, the use of police waivers and the offer of speed-awareness courses.
The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) has shown how these arrangements have been abused (see the rest of this web site). Such practices have enabled the police to generate cash to fund their operations and that includes equipment and services that have nothing to do with road safety. In addition it has financed the acquisition and use of more speed cameras. In effect the police have been using the funds so obtained to maintain their establishments and the consequence is that there are clear incentives to the police to raise money in this way. This is a distortion of the justice system.
For the first time in British history this Bill would introduce into English law the concept that it is legal to pay bribes to the police to avoid prosecution for offences.
Although we have called for proper legal regulation of this system, the proposals in the Bill actually make matters worse. There is a provision that any excess over costs must be used for promoting road safety but there is also a provision that "promoting road safety" includes the prevention, detection or enforcement of offences relating to vehicles. So this fixes into law the ability of the police to finance more speed cameras and their operation so as to generate more cash, and so this dubious industry will be expanded as a result. This has nothing to do with road safety and everything to do with empire building by the police.
Indeed the evidence obtained by the ABD shows that the police are diverting the funds raised in this way to other activities and are misreporting the profits generated. This is a natural consequence of the perverse financial incentives that are being created.
Please write to your Member of Parliament (via post or email) opposing this Bill or asking for amendments to be made to it. A suggested template letter you can use is present here (a pdf document):
(Include your name and full postal address even in an email to ensure your M.P. will respond)
How do you write to your M.P.? You can obtain their contact details from this web page: http://parliament.uk (enter your post code at the bottom left). This will take you to a page giving their name, postal address and email address - an email will do fine.
You can read the draft Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill and follow it’s progress through Parliament here: Vehicle-Tech-Bill
If you agree with us, and wish to stop the financing of speed cameras by this dubious practice which has nothing to do with improving road safety, please register your interest by signing our petition here if you have not already done so: