A van driver has had a speeding fine overturned after it transpired that the camera had confused his vehicle with another.
When Paul Clamp received a court summons threatening a month's ban and a £400 fine for doing 77mph in a 50mph average speed zone, he was taken aback and queried the penalty, because he was convinced he hadn't broken the law.
Receiving the paperwork for the speeding ticket, he was even more shocked to discover that the average speed camera, on a stretch of the A14 in Corby, Northamptonshire, had confused his vehicle with another with a similar registration plate.
The camera had snapped Clamp's van entering the road, but it had photographed the other van leaving the 50mph zone sooner than Clamp had done. The combination of the two photos led to the automated conclusion that Clamp had been driving at 77mph – almost 30mph above the speed limit.
After discovering the bizarre mix-up, Clamp contacted the police, who have since dropped the case and issued an apology.
Coincidentally, Clamp knew the driver of the other van. However he said that there were blinding differences between the pair.
"The number plates are similar but there is one character difference. Even the graphics are different.
"A blind man on a galloping horse could see it was two different vans. This needs looking at. How many people are being wrongly prosecuted?"