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Speed controls : court stops Germany's first range radar

Just two months after the arming of the country's first range radar in Hanover, the new speed cameras must be turned off after a judgment of the administrative court. For the operation of the radar system that captures the license plates of all passing cars, give it a trial run, no legal basis, decided by the judge on Tuesday in Hanover. Detecting interference in the constitutionally guaranteed right to informational self-determination. However, the court allowed appeal to the administrative court.

How the distance the radar actually works?

also known as Section Control described radar system does not capture the speed at one point. Instead, they determined the average speed on a longer mostly accident-section, pregnant, where motorists off the Gas to go. The data collected from the vehicles keep to the speed limit, will be deleted immediately. In neighbouring countries such as Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, Section Control is already used successfully for years.

Where was the plaintiff to be the Problem?

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Even if the data of the rule to be deleted-abiding driver immediately saw the plaintiff is already in the encrypted cache, the license plate numbers of all passing cars a massive intervention in the fundamental rights of the citizens. He pointed to the Karlsruhe ruling on the automatic adjustment of number plates of all passing cars with suspect data by the police. This was partly unconstitutional, the court said. All in All, the rules can still remain in power they must, however, be no later than the end of 2019 improved.

what's next after the verdict?

The Ministry of interior in Hannover, announced that it plans to take the plant on state road 6 in Laatzen without delay. With the in may to the adoption of proposed new, lower Saxony police law should be made for an explicit legal basis. It is for the court was still open, whether the radar system falls within the legislative competence of the country or of the Federal government.

And the country is still in appeal?

It wants to decide the Ministry at short notice. As the court said the continued operation of the range radar is also in a rush to decision, the response in the higher authority but does not have a suspensive effect. The system must remain switched off.

How many speeders were caught from the range radar?

a 2.2 kilometre-long section, the 15 to 500 cars a day to pass and on which there was, in the past, serious accidents will be Monitored. Since the Start of the test operation 141 speeders were caught. Section speed 100, the fastest rushed with the pace of 189 by the control.

Get the speeding motorists now your fine is refunded?

no. Anyone who has not filed an appeal against his penalty notice and the penalty is already paid, despite the judgment, there is no right to a refund of the fine.

What are the experiences in Belgium, where the track radar is already used for a long time?

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Peter Mlodoch

In the Flemish part of Belgium, monitors tests have shown that sections with range radar, the number of speeding motorists drops. The number of accidents decreases before and after the monitored area. In addition to fixed installed section controls, in Belgium there is also a mobile section of controls, such as on construction sites. Because of the good experiences, the number of the track radar sections should be expanded, they should replace stationary cameras. While motorists braking suddenly and then back on the Gas, the "Trajectcontrole" according to the Belgian experience, for a smoother flow of traffic and a calmer traffic situation. (dpa)

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