We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
“I have downloaded from the internet, a number of references from various official websites, information relating to the dangers of frontal flashing from speed cameras, which appears to be against the Health and Safety Act and the obligations of duty of care to the public.
There was one reply from the HO to a freedom of information request from a motorist, having been blinded by a frontal flash, causing him to hit the curb
I note that the front flash of the Truvelo was only given HO approval when used with a magenta filter.
However, Essex police claim that they set dummy cameras to flash “both ways” i.e., to flash at on-coming motorists.
I have been unable to find any written authority to allow this extremely dangerous practice, and in anticipation that sooner or later there will be a serious accident caused by frontal flashing, could you please confirm that the HOSDB has given any written or other authorisation to sanction frontal flashing from the fixed Gatso speed cameras?”