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20m in Essex speeding fines may be refunded due to blunder


pocketgpsworld.comIt's been a bad week for Speed/Safety Camera Partnerships. On Sunday we wrote that Dorset may have to refund 1.5m in fines due to errors in a traffic order for a Chideock speed camera.

Now comes news that Essex may have to return 20m in speeding fines following a blunder that meant tickets issues by the enforcement department were not legal.

The situation arose after it was discovered that a civilian employee responsible for sending the penalty letters to drivers may not have had the authorisation necessary in law as required by the 1988 Road Traffic Offenders Act.

The error in authorisation stretches back four years and estimates calculate that means nearly 300,000 motorists could be affected.

Essex Police are now discussing the matter with the Crown prosecution Service to establish their position.

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Posted by mostdom on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:42 am Reply with quote

Something is not working with the Read more link on the news article.
'Page not found'


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Posted by mostdom on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:45 am Reply with quote

There will probably be a wriggle out of it policy that they'll magically produce. Something to do with not having the funds or something! But 20Million. Shocked


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Posted by Darren on Sat Jun 27, 2009 6:46 am Reply with quote

mostdom Wrote:
Something is not working with the Read more link on the news article.
'Page not found'

Thanks Dom, now fixed. The perils of posting stories at 5am!


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Posted by M8TJT on Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:42 am Reply with quote

Darren Wrote:
mostdom Wrote:
Something is not working with the Read more link on the news article.
'Page not found'

Thanks Dom, now fixed. The perils of posting stories at 5am!

What 'read more' link?? Confused


 
Posted by Darren on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:11 am Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
What 'read more' link?? Confused

The front page News item has a read more link which takes you to the article page. Same can be achieved by clicking the image in the lead post here.


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Posted by M8TJT on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:17 am Reply with quote

Thanks for that Darren I'll have to find the newsletter article because the image in the lead post takes you to a PGPSW page as indicated by the alt text


 
Posted by mikealder on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:25 am Reply with quote

The link from the image icon in this thread throws me to an index page as it cannot find the article so somethings not quite right somewhere? - Mike


 
Posted by Darren on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:32 am Reply with quote

Fixed. The front page news item creates a web page and forum post auto-magically.

But it is not intelligent enough to realise that '' signs and similar are not valid characters for a web page and so the error as seen here occurs.

I then have to re-visit the posts, edit the links to remove the illegal character in the page name and then edit the page name.

I'd forgotten to do that to the forum post.


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Posted by Darren on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:38 am Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
Thanks for that Darren I'll have to find the newsletter article because the image in the lead post takes you to a PGPSW page as indicated by the alt text

That's correct, it isn't in the Newsletter as that was sent out yesterday?

In this case the 'Read More' is a little misleading as all the editorial is contained in the news post. For other news items, the news post is a summary with the full article after the jump.


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Posted by Steveee on Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:50 am Reply with quote

Well I am looking forwards to getting a refund for my SP30 from March 2007. However I will not be holding my breath! I suspect that they will use an excuse such as"you pleaded guilty, therefore the conviction remains". Crying or Very sad

Unfortunately on that day, I was running late so I did not boot up my TomTom and associated camera warnings. Embarassed


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Posted by Snudge on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:26 pm Reply with quote

It's not just about refunding fines though - some people may have lost their licence and consequently lost their job, had their home repossessed and their family break up .
How can Essex police compensate them?


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