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Truvelo Speed Cameras Explained

The Truvelo is a forward facing speed camera, the main advantage of which is that the photos which are taken also depicts the driver of the vehicle at the time of the speeding offence.

A new type of digital Truvelo safety camera is now being installed at various locations throughout the UK, click here to read more.

How does Truvelo work?

The Truvelo camera uses piezo sensors to calculate a passing vehicles speed. A total of four piezo sensors are embedded into the roads surface. As a vehicle drives over of these the time difference between sensors measures and calculates the passing vehicles speed.

In addition there are a further three white painted lines on the road just before the camera. When the Truvelo speed camera is triggered a photo using an infra-red flash (so not to blind) is taken of the offending vehicle; the photo is taken when the offending is on the central white line and are the other two are +/- 10%. This acts as a secondary method to calculate the vehicles speed and is a legal requirement for unmanned speed enforcement devices in the UK.

Pictured below; Truvelo camera with separate infra-red flash mounted on pole beside Truvelo speed camera. The majority of Truvelo's across the UK feature a built-in infra-red flash (as with the one pictured above right). However, a growing number now have a separately mounted 'orange' looking unit necessary to take a photo when the speed camera is triggered!

Do you have a question about Truvelo speed cameras? You can read UK motorist's Truvelo questions and answers and you can also ask your own unanswered question via our online form. Alternatively, read UK drivers Truvelo camera comments.

Truvelo camera with separate infra-red flash mounted on pole beside Truvelo speed camera

Does a Truvelo speed camera flash?

The Truvelo speed camera does not 'flash' like a Gatso speed camera, instead Truvelo safety cameras uses an infra-red flash which produces a lighter 'flash' to the approaching driver. This is provided via either a built-in infra-red flash or a separetly mounted unit - as pictured above.

Points and Penalties

The absolute minimum penalty for being caught speeding on the UK's roads increased 66.7% in July 2013 from £60 to £100 fine. A minimum of 3 penalty points will also be added to your licence.

However, depending on the road speed limit and your actual recorded speed in the speeding offence a court summons may be generated in place of the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) through the post with the code SP10, SP20, SP30, SP40 or SP50. For more information click here.

Caught by a Truvelo speed camera

The photograph below depicts a motorist caught by a forward facing Truvelo speed camera. The driver of the car comments: "For your information, the camera definitely emitted a visible flash. For your further information, in the photo of the offence on the police website the driver is not visible - presumably a result of the morning sunshine reflecting off the windscreen".

How common are Truvelo speed cameras?

Truvelo speed cameras aren't as common as Gatso speed cameras when you look at the country as a whole. However they are counties in country which favour there usage, these counties include: Northamptonshire and Hampshire.

New Truvelo speed cameras

A new version of the forward facing Truvelo speed camera (pictured right) is being installed at various locations throughout the UK.

These new cameras appear very different to the existing Truvelo speed cameras and are named Truvelo D-Cam.

Truvelo locations

What is your view and experiences with Truvelo speed cameras in the UK? Tell us and read more Truvelo comments. Alternatively, if you have a question relating to Truvelo fixed speed cameras, please see our Truvelo Q&A page.

Want to know where the UK's Truvelo speed cameras are as you drive? Here at SpeedCamerasUK.com we have a UK database of speed camera locations. This database also includes Gatso, SpeedCurb, SPECS, Peek, Traffic Light speed cameras and more. Read more about the speed camera types.

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Last updated: 10th November 2022