Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership has funded a state-of-the-art new speed camera in an aim to reduce casualties on the district's roads.

The TruCAM speed recording camera will be used by the Uttlesford Community Policing Team in priority locations where communities have raised growing concerns about road safety in their towns and villages.

Police community support officers and special constables have been given training in how to use the hand-held device, which captures video evidence and uses high resolution images to instantly identify speeding drivers.

Dunmow Broadcast: The TruCAM device in useThe TruCAM device in use (Image: Uttlesford District Council)

Vehicle details can be uploaded electronically and tickets are posted straight to offending motorists, which removes the need for police officers to pull over a vehicle and issue a fine on the spot.

Cllr Maggie Sutton, chair-elect of the Community Safety Partnership, said: "Residents have continuously raised the issue of poor driving, with speed and anti-social use of the roads being a main priority.

"We are therefore delighted to have been able to fund this new TruCAM speed device – by equipping our local policing team with the right tools, we will be providing a better level of service to the wider community.

"The device is simple to use, gives local officers more flexibility, and helps in reducing the number and severity of collisions on our roads.

"As a partnership, we are always looking at finding long-term solutions to make our roads safer and the use of this camera will assist in this goal."


Improving road safety is one of the Community Safety Partnership's key priorities. The purchase of the new TruCAM is part of the partnership's wider commitment to supporting the Safer Essex Road Partnership's 'Vision Zero' campaign - which aims to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on Essex roads by 2040.

The Vision Zero campaign follows the 'Safe System' approach, which acknowledges human error but is designed so that when people make mistakes any resulting impact forces are low enough to avoid death or serious injury.

The approach includes safe speeds, safe vehicles, safe road use, safe roads and roadside and the post-collision response.

For more information on Vision Zero go to https://saferessexroads.org/visionzero/.