Beating speeding fines

John McIntosh is convinced he has received an unjust speeding fine and with the help of fine consultant Scott Cooper he is going to court to fight it. "I'm not against radar. I'm just against officers using them in the wrong way," John said. "I checked my speedo as I was coming around the corner and I was only doing about 55."

He was fined and he is now heading to court to fight the fine. Spurred on by speeding fine consultants, like Scott Cooper in Queensland and Dr Wolfgang Garwoli in Victoria, more people are challenging the validity of speeding tickets.

And is it any wonder? The revenue being raked in is mind boggling. In New South Wales fixed camera fines have doubled in a year up from $34 million to $70 million. In Queensland fixed cameras have only been in place since December but, combined with red light cameras, they have already contributed $27.5 million.

While in Victoria the figure for all speeding offences is a staggering $285 million. Scott is convinced there are some serious flaws in the paperwork John received from police and it is on this basis that he is going to fight the charges in court.

These flaws prompted Scott to look at other cases on his books and he found another five certificates with what he describes as glaring inaccuracies. In one example the testing engineer nominated a device with serial number 15003 as a hand held laser gun. The police officer using the device with same serial number said it was a mobile radar.

"A laser device is a little pistol they point at you. A mobile radar is the huge array of instruments permanently attached to a police vehicle. They're about as alike as a dinghy to a battleship," Scott said It's this kind of technicality that can help you to fight a speeding fine. Also it is important to remember Scott Cooper makes money advising people taking speeding fines to court, and it is not always possible to mount a successful defence.

But if you believe you have been wrongly fined for speeding you can go to Scott Cooper's website http://www.speedingfineconsultants.com/company/about.html