Speed Cameras

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Introduction

This page forms part of UK Editing Best Practice. Editors are encouraged to follow these guidelines.

Waze currently supports reporting of and warning for three categories of Cameras: Speed Cameras, Red Light Cameras and Fake Cameras. This Wiki page aims to help the Wazer identify, map and confirm cameras in the Client and Map Editor.

Waze Camera Types

Speed Cameras

Icon camera speed@2x.png

Fixed speed enforcement camera locations of any type (Gatso, Truvelo, Monitron/RedSpeed or SPECs).

Notes:

  1. Until Such time as Waze supports SPECs Cameras natively these should be recorded as a standard camera at each location (entry point, mid point(s) and exit point).
  2. In Managed traffic zones with variable speed limits the speed should be set to the maximum permitted speed. (e.g 70mph/112kmh for the M42).
  3. Mobile speed cameras should not be reported in Waze, instead use the Report -> Police feature in the client.

[Be aware when using Report -> Police to report a mobile speed camera that there have been recent cases of motorists being prosecuted for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that they are approaching a mobile speed trap. Whilst there have been no recorded cases of a Wazer (or other App user) being prosecuted you could potentially be liable for prosecution for reporting in this way!]

Red Light Cameras

Icon camera redlight@2x.png

Red light camera locations of any type (Gatso or Monitron/RedSpeed).

Note: Some red light camera locations monitor speed as well as driving though a red light. If this is the case then the speed in km/h should be recorded.

Fake Cameras

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Fake cameras should only be reported for a dummy camera that is masquerading as a Speed or Red Light Camera as defined above.


Cameras that should be reported

Speed Cameras

Gatso

The most common speed camera type found in the UK and are rear facing, when triggered they will flash. They may be mounted on their own post or on an overhead gantry (common on motorway variable speed lint zones. Typically a series of markings are placed on the road in front of the camera.

Where aerial photography is of good enough quality the camera and it's road markings can bee seen and used to aid correct placement of the camera.

Peek

Similar to Gatso cameras, also rear facing and when triggered they will flash. [IMAGE Post]

Truvelo

These are front facing, since they are Infra Red when triggered you will NOT see any flash. Note: Truvelo can also be configured in a rear facing arrangement. [IMAGE]

Monitron/RedSpeed

New digital cameras which can be configured as a speed camera and/or a red light camera. [IMAGE]

SPECs

Average Speed cameras. These measuring average speeds between fixed cameras at entry point, mid point(s) and exit point of the monitored zone. [IMAGES]

Red Light Cameras

Gatso

Gatso red light cameras are different to their speed detection counterparts and will be triggered when driving through a red light. [IMAGE]

Monitron/RedSpeed

New digital cameras which can be configured as a speed camera and/or a red light camera. [IMAGE]

Cameras that should not be reported

Mobiles Cameras

Mobile speed cameras should not be reported in Waze as by the time they are confirmed and appear in the client they will be long gone, instead use the Report -> Police feature in the client. [IMAGES]

[Be aware when using Report -> Police to report a mobile speed camera that there have been recent cases of motorists being prosecuted for flashing their headlights to warn other drivers that they are approaching a mobile speed trap. Whilst there have been no recorded cases of a Wazer (or other App user) being prosecuted you could potentially be liable for prosecution for reporting in this way!]

Trafficmaster

Trafficmaster has network of 5,200 traffic flow monitoring sensors used to update their real-time traffic services on UK motorways and trunk roads. These sensors are not used for Speed or red light enforcement and so should not be reported in Waze. [IMAGES]

Congestion Charge Zone Cameras

The London Congestion Charge Zone (CCZ) uses cameras to record vehicles entering or leaving the zone, these are not used for Speed or red light enforcement and so should not be reported in Waze. [IMAGES]

ANPR

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras may be used for a number of enforcement functions including: Valid Tax, MoT Test, Insurance and checking criminal activity. At this time however, they are not used for Speed or red light enforcement and so should not be reported in Waze. [IMAGES]

Driver Feedback Signs

Camera Warning Signs

Signs that warn the drivers of a possible cameras in the area should not be reported.


Reporting a Camera in the Client

Report -> Camera Choose Type Set Lane Send


Confirming a Camera in Waze Map Editor

  • Placement
  • Spotting the exact location from aerials
  • Setting the Speed


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