A Free Volunteer Service of RATS* to Safely,
Discretely and Accurately Collect Speeding Data
SCS is not (cannot be) a part
of any Police Scheme
STARTED BY RESIDENTS IN FEBRUARY 2015 TO GATHER
Reports and the CRW Covenant are Copyright and may not be
used /adapted/distributed without prior CRW approval
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 our CRW Coord so your stats can be added to the CRW database^ to build up a picture of speeding across the County. 2017 Results HERE
EVERY LITTLE HELPS -
CRW Uses 2 types of Calibration-checked Doppler Radar devices as shown below to obtain all its ACCURATE speed readings and ethically, always used 2 operators who act as witnesses for each other and to the readings taken
TRUCAM - A REVOLUTION IN COMMUNITY SPEED ENFORCEMENT
FACT TO REMEMBER FROM ITV SPEED
WARS IN 2016 -
So, next we hope to see Cambs Constabulary- like Cheshire - join the 21st Century and support the use of a TruCam IN THE COMMUNITY that in one month using SAW rebates, would pay for itself (£7500 in 2017) and in 3 months would pay for a dedicated PCSO to use it at our 30 mph hotspots and in 6 months also pay for a PSV to process its returns. This is a no brainer for a PCC+Constabulary that wants to seriously address speeding in the community where Laser Gun equipped Police Officers or camera vans rarely go or cannot be safely located.
Safe, Accurate, Discrete, ethical, non-confrontational and totally LEGAL
Ask for our services today by emailing Coord@Roadwatch.org.uk
so you can provide data to the Police to justify a call for (more) enforcement
DAY (From 0600) AND NIGHT (To 2200)
Why 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) 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.
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, could never get
to see a Police Speedwatch letter to find out their company's name
is being dragged through the mud.
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 have time to return these VRMs to Speedwatch teams for
them to check if the vehicles have Tax and MoT at the DVLA's
website and take appropriate action with postive results.
That's where CRW tries its best to keep death and obvious
death-traps off our local roads by noting Reg Nos and fully checking
for Tax/MoT of the most serious of speeding and nuisance/noisy vehicles
- including cars - after each session and reporting them to the appropriate
for no Tax and the Police using its
new web portal if SORN’d or having an expired MoT).
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 Speed Limit
- are noted, along with the Vehicle Registration Numbers, and after
researching the name and email address, the the appropriate director/manager
will receive a letter from the Coord to request observance of the
speed limit, by their drivers, in future, in ALL our towns/villages.
NAME AND SHAME POLICY
Whilst CRW is legally entitled to publish its factual reports that include the name of all Companies whose vehicles have been detected speeding, so many Companies are taking positive action to address the concerns expressed in our letters that for the time being - as a gesture of good will from a start-up company- we are opting NOT to 'name and shame' but will first attempt to convince reluctant Company Directors, using every responsible means at our disposal, that sticking to the speed limit is good for them as well as the villages they live in or that that host them.
CRW/SCS does NOT attempt to replace Police Speedwatch
They are two totally different albeit complementary schemes and CRW supports Police Speedwatch 100%
Not to be confused with SCS Ltd that helps to address Speeding quite differently
Updated 28 April 2018
*Company No: 10085683 Registered Office: 2a Chequers Court, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3LJ