Driver who declined speed awareness
course landed with £9000 bill


A driver who declined the offer of a speed awareness course has been landed with a bill of almost £9000 after failing to convince two courts that he wasn't speeding.

Nicholas Davies was found guilty of driving his BMW at 38mph in a 30mph zone in August 2017, on the A546 Glan-Y-Mor Road, Deganwy, Conwy, by Magistrates in Caernarfon last July.

The 51-year-old, of Conwy, appeared before Mold Crown Court on Friday (July 26, 2019) to challenge his conviction, but he failed to convince the court of his innocence.

The court heard that Mr Davies’ speeding car was detected by a Home Office Type Approved mobile speed camera. Home Office Type Approval is one of the most stringent approval systems in the world. 

He was offered a speed awareness course but failed to attend. He then began to challenge the offence.

As members of Road Safety Support (RSS), North Wales Police asked legal support manager Steve Langdon to provide an expert report. He also appeared in court as an expert prosecution witness.

Mr Davies made a series of claims in an effort to avoid prosecution, alleging that the mobile camera was not used correctly and that the operator was not properly trained.

Mr Langdon gave expert evidence as to how the device worked. He further explained his examination of the offence footage and how it clearly showed a well-targeted vehicle, with no evidence of misuse or malfunction.

On hearing the evidence, the judge agreed that there was no evidence of malfunction or error with the speed camera, stating: “Mr Langdon has extensive familiarity with the device. We prefer the evidence of Mr Langdon, which is much more persuasive.”

Dismissing the appeal, the judge ordered that Mr Davies’ original sentence, costs of £3869.10, £240 fine, victim surcharge of £30 and three driving licence penalty points, would still stand. He also ordered him to pay additional costs of £2509.00. He was also ordered to pay additional costs £2559.00 following the loss of a High Court application for disclosure. 


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