Car insurance: Speed camera mix-up could cost millions

Wednesday, 05 July 2006

Thousands of speeding tickets could be cancelled by authorities after a speeding driver successfully appealed to overturn his fine.

Dr Will Dehany from Maltby on Teesside was caught doing 35mph in a 30mph zone, but argued that the letter issuing his fine could not be proved to come from the chief constable of the Cleveland Police.

Dr Dehany's letter was signed by a clerk who did not have the power to issue the fine, rather than the chief constable himself.

The move means the three points placed on Dr Dehany's licence will be removed and he will be able to enjoy cheap car insurance premiums as a result, as well as peace of mind.

But other drivers in the area could also end up getting off their fines and getting rid of the points on their licences, as each letter issued since the launch of the Cleveland Camera Partnership in 2000 could be deemed invalid.

Paul Smith, founder of the Safe Speed campaign which opposes fixed cameras, said: "All those convicted in Cleveland since 2000 on the basis of faulty procedure should now apply to have their fines refunded, licence points removed, and in many cases to be compensated for consequential losses.

"The knock-on effects are massive and will cost countless millions."

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