Van driver beats speeding ticket with GPS data
11 November 2009
A driver of a Ford Transit Connect has successfully challenged a speeding ticket by using vehicle tracking technology installed in the vehicle.
Gareth Powell was clocked doing 61mph in a 50mph zone by a speed gun on the A4174 near Bristol on 28 November 2008. He was working as an employee at MD Building Services Ltd.
Powell contacted Navman Wireless , whose vehicle tracking records proved that the van had been travelling at 48mph.
He said: "I'm an extremely careful driver and I was certain I hadn't broken the law."
The case was dismissed by the District Judge at Bath & Wansdyke Magistrates Court on 30 October.
Navman Wireless IT director Barry Neill, who attended the court hearing as an expert witness, says: "The GPS fix on Gareth's vehicle from the tracking system was excellent when he was clocked by the speed gun. He adds: "The eight satellites locating his vehicle were advantageously positioned. Under good conditions, GPS tracking technology is accurate to within three metres."
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