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LSCP cameras in London

The London Safety Camera Partnership operates a number of cameras in London in order to control speeds and red light running. Transport for London (TfL) also use cameras for enforcement of traffic violations and to control congestion. This page gives some information on cameras operated by the London Safety Camera Partnership in the capital.

Speed cameras
The LSCP install speed cameras in areas that have a history of speed related injury collisions. There are three main types of speed camera in London; fixed spot speed cameras, mobile speed cameras and average speed cameras.

a) Fixed spot speed cameras
These cameras monitor speeds at one location. Newly installed fixed speed cameras are digital. This means that as soon as an offence is captured, a photograph of the offending vehicle is sent to the Police Processing Centre.

Before digital cameras were introduced, wet film cameras were used. These cameras take photographs of offending vehicles onto wet film. A Police Camera Technician unloads film from these cameras and takes them to the Police Processing Centre.

fixed spot camerawet film camera

b) Mobile speed cameras
Mobile speed cameras are operated by the Metropolitan Police. These cameras are operated from high visibility mobile camera vans.

Mobile Speed CameraMobile Speed Camera

c) Average speed cameras
Average speed cameras are put in place to control speed along a route, or within a zone. Cameras are placed on the route's entry and exit points. These cameras record vehicle number plates as they enter and leave the area. It is then possible to work out the average speed of the vehicle.

Time over Distance Camera


Red light cameras
Red light cameras are used at 'automatic traffic signal' junctions that have a history of collisions involving red light running. This system is activated by vehicles driving over the stop line at a junction when the red light is showing.

Red Light Camera
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