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Cambridgeshire SafetyCam Partnership goes blue

pocketgpsworld.comThis item caught my attention this week.

Cambridgeshire SafetyCam Partnership have treated themselves to some new SpeedCam Vans. I can imagine that they must have a very hard life travelling to the local haunts then parking up for a few hours. Very hard on the coffee cup holders and the seat recline mechanisms.

Still you have to balance the books and spend some of the cash generated somehow. It keeps the boys in the traffic garage busy and gives the Transport manager a chance to support our vehicle manufacturers.

But strangely, the partnership has changed the colour of the vans to dark blue. Apparently the previous dayglo yellow vans were occasionally mistaken for work vans. Naturally it makes complete sense to have them painted dark blue then so they will be mistake for anything but a SpeedCam van. And they are larger (uh why?) and they have camera logos on the side, just where you won't see them as you approach from the rear.

Perhaps the next upgrade should have have a side hatch and cooker then they could serve sausage rolls to passing motorists.

Posted by pcaouolte on Thu May 28, 2009 11:33 am Reply with quote

Also the dark red "Police" lettering on the back of the van won't stand out very well on a dark blue background.


Posted by MaFt on Thu May 28, 2009 11:41 am Reply with quote

News Team Wrote:
And they are larger (uh why?)

space for a bed inside so they can put the camera on 'auto-capture' and just lay down and releax safe in teh knowledge that everyone who speeds past will be auto-caught and auto-fined?


Posted by Mick_1959 on Thu May 28, 2009 2:07 pm Reply with quote

How dare you belittle my counties force, they deserve the best, for their job is an ardous one, of dedication, long hours and high pressure.

It takes a special breed to be one of Cambridgeshires finsest upholders of the law, especially in speed enforcement.

As such they deserve the comfort of such a spacious vehicle to enable them to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities, without unnessecary stress.

A larger vehicle will allow the fitting of kit, providing for operator comfort and not fall foul of the health and safety rules.

The new van size will faciliate the addition of :
1. a recliner chair, which will double as a bed when fatigue sets in from exceeding his hours of watching the video screens thereby providing proper relaxation
2. a new and aircondition unit to reduce discomfort on summer days.
3. a fridge to keep his food fresh and drinks cool
4. a sink to wash his utensils
5. a watercooler
6. a small cooker and stove (no microwave allowed, as it may interfere with sensitive recording equipment) to allow for warm food on colder days.
7. A dedicated iPod/Mp3 point in arm of chair.

The above will provide for a highly motivated and alert collector of revenue for the Cambridgeshire force and the expense of new vehicles will probably be recovered within a month of being first used.


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Posted by Pocketgps on Thu May 28, 2009 2:37 pm Reply with quote

You seem to be missing the point.

They are the boys IN BLUE after all Laughing

Posted by Pocketgps on Thu May 28, 2009 2:44 pm Reply with quote

Just a thought. Do the vans have to carry a cert/calibration or what ever for the camera. And does it have to be made available to the public if they ask the camera operator to see it.

If so perhaps we should all pull up and ask to see it Wink

Posted by M8TJT on Thu May 28, 2009 3:49 pm Reply with quote

While wer'e being silly.
You forgot the therapist's couch so that they can receive on the spot councilling to overcome the guilt derived trauma of fining all those motorists thay catch. Shocked
Or were you serious Confused

Posted by Darren on Thu May 28, 2009 4:36 pm Reply with quote

Given forces in other countries seem perfectly able to operate mobile cameras from standard cars or small people carriers you have to wonder why some forces think a camera and operator requires a ruddy great long wheelbase van.

Handy at weekends though for anyone who needs to move a settee or do a tip run Wink

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Posted by navver on Thu May 28, 2009 8:00 pm Reply with quote

Just be thankful they haven't thought about having a man walking in front of every one of these noisy, dirty, smelly, dangerous, horseless carriages instead. It could be worse.

But I guess it could be on the political agenda soon as a way of finding useful empoyment for all these unempoyed bankers & MPs we're left with.

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Posted by culzean on Thu May 28, 2009 8:03 pm Reply with quote

I guess that when a hi-vis 'safety camera' van gets a coat of dark blue paint it then becomes lo-vis 'revenue raiser' van. Next move will be to cover them with camouflage netting.

Posted by Waynesters on Thu May 28, 2009 10:06 pm Reply with quote

oh damn, they could have got even bigger vans if the MP`s hadn't of bought so many 2nd houses and claimed expenses for everything they could!
sorry!!!! had to be done!!! Laughing Out Loud

we have a mobile speed camera van that waits in Horspath every monday morning in rush hour, i always cycle past him and say morning Mr Jobsworth, how much money are you raising for your Xmas ball this year? Laughing Out Loud

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Posted by Snudge on Fri May 29, 2009 10:54 am Reply with quote

JaTe Wrote:
......... on seeing a Highways Agency Incident Support Unit at the roadside - one of the 35cwt "dayglo yellow with red chevrons" type with a black 'cyclops' flood lamp on the roof - clearly she thought this was a speed camera - what she obviously didn't see was the 2 guys picking litter from the verge!

These cops are getting really sneaky and becoming experts in disguise - I wouldn't be too sure about that one!

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