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SCS*
Speed Check Services
This is NOT a Police-led Scheme

A Free Volunteer Services of RATS* to Safely, Discretely and Accurately Collect Speeding Data
for Town and Parish Councils
to justify their requesting enforcement from the Police or for engineering solutions to curb speeding

OPERATES AS PART OF COMMUNITY ROADWATCH
CRW Volunteer Forms: as .doc | as .pdf

SCS is not a part of any Police Scheme
nor is it a substitute for one nor is it in conflict with any.

STARTED APRIL 2015 TO GATHER SPEEDING DATA
By Residents For Use by Residents' Councils

2015 - Sector Location Report | Sector Summary Report

As @ 31 Dec 15 the St Ives & Ramsey Sector Speeding stands at
30 %

Latest SCS Speeding Data Here Listed By Sector Location

St Ives & Ramsey Sector Speeding Summary

Reports are Copyright but the contents can be summarised and used freely with credit to Community Roadwatch

*RATS
(Residents Against Traffic Speeding)

Why not start up your own group of RATS using a borrowed Bushnell or other calibrated device (we will show you how to use it properly in 2 minutes) and feed your results back to SCS so your stats can be added to build up a picture of speeding across the St Ives & Ramsey Sector;

EVERY LITTLE HELPS -
Contact coord@Cambs-Roadwatch.uk for a demo or for more information

Using Tuning-fork Calibrated Bushnell Radar Guns/Devices - See How Here
(Accurate up to 500m and to within 1 mph)


The radar device shown above is the same as that approved by the Police for use by Dorset Speedwatch Volunteers
Safe, Accurate, Discrete, non-confrontational and totally LEGAL
Ask for our services today by emailing Coord@cambs-Roadwatch.uk
so you can provide data to the Police to justify a call for (more) enforcement
Download a typical SCS Roadside Report Here as a PDF | and a completed example Here

DAY (0600-) AND NIGHT (-2200)

Why SCS - and now Community Roadwatch?

Police SPEEDWATCH is a great concept and, when applied practically to address residents' serious speeding concerns - by being allowed to catch and report the speeders who give rise to the greatest concern - it can be a very effective force for good with the Police sending Advisement Letters to Registered Owners (RO) of speeding vehicles in a bid to deter the drivers of these vehicles from speeding again especially when the Team is not there.

However, experience over 4 years and 2000 sessions (along with driver feedback) has demonstrated that if a driver is not made aware of his/her speeding by letter (rather than merely being deterred) no long-term good is done at all.
So 'the letter' (getting to the right person) is the deterrent and is key to the success of Speedwatch.

Unfortunately, not all drivers are 'made aware', so all Speedwatch's efforts are not 100% productive because, whilst letters might now be sent to the ROs of ALL speeding vehicles, such standard letters are not guaranteed to reach the appropriate executives of commercial companies (or their drivers) because, these days, many commercial vehicles are leased. In this case, the leased vehicle RO is not the CEO of the liveried Company and there is no guarantee that the lease company will pass on the Police 'Advisement' letters to the actual company or drivers who are the ones that really need the 'Advice'. So, sending Advisement letters to the ROs of lease companies is quite often a total waste of time and public funds as it does not achieve the education objective especially as these Letters require no acknowledgement so there is no way of knowing if they have achieved their purpose and are worth the effort and cost.

Additionally, in large-fleet, especially national, Companies, the CEO is rarely the RO - that's usually delegated to an administrator who might not pass on the Police letter to the appropriate manager for various reasons. So once again sending Police Advisement letters to these ROs could be a complete waste of time and public funds.

So, a practical, cost-effective alternative - to ensure Advice about their liveried vehicles speeding actually reached the appropriate Commercial Company Manager - was evolved and used by this Sector between 2010 and April 2014 when the Constabulary discontinued it. The 'CEO method' involved the volunteer painstakingly trawling the internet to get the name and address of the appropriate Manager/Director either from the Firm's own website or Companies' House and then mailmerging the vehicle and speeding details (Reg No, Make, Model, Colour + Date, Time, Place, Speed) into a standard letter and sending to a Police contact for an Inspector to approve, sign and send. No acknowledgement was required from recipients for these letters either and, whilst we did see an improvement in behaviour from some drivers, we never had any feedback passed on by the Police, if indeed there was any (probably because no return address was provided).

So today, a speeding commercial vehicle owner of a leased vehicle or of large-fleets of vehicles, probably will never get to see a Police letter to find out their company's name is being dragged through the mud.

THAT'S WHERE CRW/SCS TAKES OVER AS IT ENABLES LETTERS TO BE SENT TO ALL CEOs OF LIVERIED COMMERCIAL VEHICLES

UNREGISTERED VEHICLES

Also, if the Police cannot find an owner for a valid registration (VRM) on its Police National Computer it records it as 'Unregistered'. Even though these 'unregistered' or 'SORN'd off the Road' vehicles could be considered the most dangerous on our roads because they could also be untaxed, uninsured and with no MoT, the Police do not have the resources to check them out themselves and, unfortunately, also do not even time to return these VRMs to teams for them to check if the vehicles have Tax and MoT at the DVLA's website and take appropriate action with postive results.
This is especially important to pursue because of recent reports in the press that, since the Tax Disc was dropped, Vehicle Tax avoidance has become rife.

THAT'S WHERE CRW/SCS TRIES TO KEEP DEATH AND OBVIOUS DEATH-TRAPS OFF OUR LOCAL ROADS BY NOTING VRMs AND FULLY CHECKING FOR TAX/MOT ON THE MOST SERIOUS OF SPEEDING VEHICLES AFTER EACH SESSION AND REPORTING THEM AS APPROPRIATE
All this as part of Community Roadwatch that does much much more beyond that envisaged or permitted in Speedwatch

HOW DOES CRW DEAL WITH SPEEDING LIVERIED COMMERCIAL VEHICLES?

During CRW/SCS sessions, the Logos of Companies - whose Vehicles are detected speeding in excess of the ACPO Speed Limit (10% + 2) - are noted, along with the Vehicle Registration Numbers, and these are identified by CRW RATS to the Town/Parish Council/Group who will write directly, or support the CRW Coord writing, to the Owner/CEO/Manager to request observance of the speed limit, by their drivers, in future in their town/village.

NAME AND SHAME POLICY
(BY POPULAR DEMAND)

The Company Name of Serious or Persistent commercial speeders could be named on this website and the registration/description of DANGEROUS private cars revealed if 20 mph or more over the limit
(now that legal advice has been obtained to permit it so long as we stick to the facts that we can prove - and we can)

CRW/SCS does NOT attempt to replace Speedwatch
They are two totally different albeit complementary schemes

Not to be confused with SCS Ltd that helps to address Speeding quite differently

Updated 30 Dec 15 - Happy New Year