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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:32 am    Post subject: 20m in Essex speeding fines may be refunded due to blunder Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something is not working with the Read more link on the news article.
'Page not found'
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:45 am    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 7:46 am    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:25 am    Post subject: 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
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:32 am    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:38 am    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: 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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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snudge wrote:
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?


Here, Here! However, government doesn't do compensation.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steveee - I guess you will have seen a post on a related thread (Cheshire?) which suggests that you should still be able to get a refund as you pleaded guilty 'on the evidence provided' which, as the camera was illegal, was invalid evidence (I think that's how the logic went - anyway, I think it was from someone in 'the know').
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:59 pm    Post subject: I wonder ? Reply with quote

I look forward to receiving refund of my one and only contested fine of 185, for allegedly doing 47mph on the A127 where it was posted 40mph, apparently.[/b]
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