|London, 14 Feb 2006.
For immediate release.
"The ABD does not condone drivers making false claims in order to escape a speeding penalty, but some of the defences listed by the police — for example, where an illegally 'cloned' car has been caught on camera, or where the driver honestly cannot say who was driving at the time — may be perfectly legitimate. It is bad enough for an innocent driver to receive an undeserved notice of prosecution, without being subjected to the threats in this booklet — it should be withdrawn."
"We are constantly watching — don't become a criminal and risk prison for £60 and three points — it's just not worth it!"That message exposes the real motive behind Operation Cheetah: under the cost recovery scheme that applies to the camera partnerships, enforcement costs can only be recovered from the £60 fines paid by drivers who accept a fixed penalty. If they go to court — even if they are found guilty — none of the fines levied can be used to pay the partnership's costs.
"This is one of the worst examples yet of heavy-handed police tactics against drivers. The government announced last autumn that the cost recovery system for funding the camera partnerships was to end — but not until March 2007. It is clear from Operation Cheetah that the camera partnerships are determined to make hay while the sun shines."