Dash cam revo­lu­tion

● EX­CLU­SIVE New por­tal will al­low mo­torists to send record­ings to po­lice

Auto Express - - Contents - Hu­go_­grif­fiths@den­nis.co.uk @hu­go_­grif­fiths Hugo Grif­fiths

New on­line por­tal al­lows driv­ers to up­load footage to po­lice

DASH cam own­ers could soon be able to send footage of dan­ger­ous and il­le­gal driv­ing to po­lice across Eng­land and Wales thanks to a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new on­line por­tal, Auto Ex­press can re­veal.

Forces in the two coun­tries are pre­par­ing to mod­ernise the way they ac­cept dash cam footage from driv­ers, fol­low­ing the cre­ation of a univer­sal on­line plat­form to re­ceive record­ings.

The Nextbase Na­tional Dash Cam Safety Por­tal will al­low own­ers of any brand of dash cam to up­load footage of dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

To­gether with a wit­ness state­ment and de­tails of where the of­fence took place, the footage would be sent to the rel­e­vant po­lice force, with the of­fi­cers then de­ter­min­ing whether the driver in ques­tion should be sent a fine. Those is­sued with a penalty can ei­ther ac­cept the charge or re­fute it and go to court.

Sev­eral forces cur­rently ac­cept dash cam footage as ev­i­dence, but there is no univer­sal sys­tem in place at the mo­ment.

North Wales Po­lice pre­vi­ously told Auto Ex­press it takes on aver­age 14 hours of po­lice time to process dash cam footage be­fore a penalty can be is­sued. The new on­line por­tal will re­duce this to a “mat­ter of min­utes”, ac­cord­ing to Nextbase.

The plat­form fol­lows on from the suc­cess of Oper­a­tion Snap, an ini­tia­tive launched by North Wales Po­lice and road safety ini­tia­tive Gosafe. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of Oper­a­tion Snap in Oc­to­ber 2016, the force has pros­e­cuted hun­dreds of driv­ers based on dash cam footage, with the scheme ex­tended to cover the rest of Wales in 2017.

By ex­pand­ing the project across the English con­stab­u­lar­ies, po­lice could make bet­ter use of the 2.6 mil­lion dash cams on UK roads, cre­at­ing a one-stop shop for driv­ers to send footage.

While the Na­tional Dash Cam Safety Por­tal is still some weeks away from its of­fi­cial launch, it was pre­sented to del­e­gates at the Par­lia­men­tary Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Trans­port Safety.

Se­nior fig­ures from sev­eral po­lice forces, High­ways Eng­land, the Trans­port Se­lect Com­mit­tee and var­i­ous road safety char­i­ties were given a demon­stra­tion of how the sys­tem would work in prac­tice, with forces showingow­ing in­ter­est.

Bryn Brooker, Nextbase’s head of mar­ket­ing,ket­ing, said the por­tal would be freeee to use, adding: “We un­der­stand­stand the restric­tions in terms of cost and time of the po­lice de­vel­op­ing a plat­form them­selves,lves, so it was an easy de­ci­sion for us to take the ini­tia­tive.” e.”

He stressed sed the por­tal was about cre­at­ing ng safer roads and not in­creas­ing ng con­vic­tions or dash cam sales. es.

“We kno­know the restric­tions in terms oof cost and time of the polipo­lice de­vel­op­ing a plat­form, so it was easy for us to tak­take the ini­tia­tive” BRYN BROOKER Nextbase

Sgt John Roberts from North Wales Po­lice shows re­porter Martin Saari­nen an ex­am­ple of dash cam footage up­loaded by a mo­torist. The sys­tem could soon be rolled out na­tion­ally VIDEO NASTY

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