Speed camera law challenged in Europe
27 September 2006

The Government may have to think again about the way it prosecutes those snapped by speed cameras.

A case that could force a change in the law opened at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg today (27 September).

Human rights group Liberty is providing legal advice to two Britons who are challenging their speeding convictions because Liberty believes the current law denies the right to silence and relies on self-incrimination.

At the moment, vehicle keepers can either admit they were driving – thus providing evidence that can be used against them - or refuse to do say who was driving, in which case they are prosecuted under different laws.

“This offends a very important principle – namely that you should not have to incriminate yourself,” said lawyer James Welch of Liberty.

The Government has fought the case all the way to this, the highest court. It promises to defend the current laws “vigorously”.

We'll let you know what happens.

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