A Yelverton resident down in Plymouth has been caught speeding but following the fixed penalty notice and three points, he is putting his foot down in a different way and fighting against the ticket. The controversial speed camera on Gdynia Way seems to be creating havoc for city motorists because it is deemed to have insufficient.
Resident Simon Turner says that there’s not enough signage in the area alerting drivers to the speed limit change as up until last year’s multimillion pound road works, Gdynia Way was a 40mph zone – now reduced to a 30mph.
He said: “Due to the lack of optional combined safety camera and 30mph signs at the exit from Cattedown roundabout, the motorist is under-informed.”
Last month, local paper The Herald reposted on cab driver Dean Gillard who was also caught speeding three times in one morning on Gdynia Way forcing him to move cab firms so he wasn’t passing through the camera as often.
It is drivers like this that Simon plans to stand up for, and any other motorists who have been caught along the stretch.
This Is Plymouth posted these comments from Simon;
“It’s not about money or the points, it’s about road safety.
“I have come under considerable pressure from the Safety Camera Unit to accept the £60 fine and three points on my licence but I have refused to accept this conditional offer despite the extension to the time limit.”
He also said: “I am therefore facing a summons and in doing so will act as spokesperson for others who have been or will in the future be caught out by the lack of signage in Shapters Road and Gdynia Way.”
This is a risky strategy and could result in further punishment for him but to the letter of the law, the UK Government Traffic Signs Manuel, 14.1 states: “To avoid the risk of failed prosecutions, it is of the greatest importance that speed limits be signed lawfully.
“It is equally important that speed limits be signed clearly and in accordance with this guidance, so that at no time will drivers be in any doubt about the prevailing limit.”
The other side of the argument suggests that there is adequate indication that the speed limit of the area is 30mph and not 40pmh. To be fair, Plymouth City Council has the Highway Code on their side which states that “in areas of street lighting the speed limit is 30mph, unless a different speed limit is specifically signed.”.
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