Monday, July 07, 2008

UK: Slow Mailing Invalidates 500 Speed Camera Tickets

Article in 7 June 2008

Police in Sussex, England have been forced to cancel 500 speed camera citations after an employee loaded the wrong envelopes into the machine, delivery was slowed enough that a court could have invalidated many of the tickets for lack of proper notice.

"Some notices were sent by second-class post as a result of human error in loading the postal machine... we've canceled all relevant tickets," Chief Superintendent Peter Coll explained.

Using second class saved £45 in postage costs but the canceled tickets were worth £30,000 in revenue.

Seems a bit strange to me. The police have 28 days to get the notices to drivers. They must be sending them late for this error to have caused a problem.

Andy Brazier

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