Police's U-turn over VASCAR speed detectors
Feb 5 2009 By Chris Musson
SPEED detectors used in police cars are reliable after all, it emerged yesterday.
Scottish forces were ordered on Monday to stop using the dashboard-mounted devices.
As revealed by the Record yesterday, police chiefs thought radio waves from their digital radio system could be interfering with the VASCAR speed detectors.
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland advised all forces to ban the devices.
ACPOS then sought advice from the Home Office, who approve equipment for UK forces.
Yesterday, the Home Office told ACPOS the devices were fine - and reminded them the assurance was in official guidance given five years ago.
Last night, it emerged the bizarre two-day ban was triggered after a Scots police force came forward with the concerns.
ACPOS last night refused to name the force. Strathclyde Police, understood to be the force in question, refused to comment on the issue.
Despite the all-clear being given, the Home Office said officers should not use radios or mobile phones while using the device.
Central Scotland chief constable Kevin Smith, road policing spokesman for ACPOS, said: "We are confident that the speed detection equipment being used by Scottish forces is reliable.
"We took the precaution of advising forces of a potential issue with the equipment and have now clarified the situation."