Dashcam scheme rolled out across Wales after successful trial

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A pilot scheme that saw police forces use public dashcam footage to help catch dangerous drivers is being extended across Wales.

Operation Snap has been so successful since it was introduced by North Wales Police in October 2016 that it is now being implemented throughout the country, Fleet News reports.

North Wales Police managed to reduce case times by 12 hours each and processed 129 cases using submitted footage to prove innocence as much as guilt.

Half of fleets are now using dashcams and another 30 per cent are actively considering introducing them, according to a recent survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA).

Meanwhile, UK dashcam provider VisionTrack has seen sales increase 40 per cent in the past year.

Speaking to Fleet News, a spokesperson for NWP said: “[Operation Snap] is our response to the increasing volume of video and photographic evidence relating to driving offences that members of the public have seen and submitted.

“These reports have been coming in to us in all sorts of ways. So we have developed a streamlined process to deal with them, which will, hopefully, make it easier for all involved.”

Fleets or any private motorists can upload footage depicting dangerous driving through the police’s secure online portal. Any driver uploading footage to a police online portal must be willing to give a statement and go to court to support the video evidence if needed. Footage has to be unedited and include the whole journey, not just the incident.

John Pryor, chairman of the Association of Car Fleet Operators, said some companies have used the dashcam to stop bogus insurance claims.

He told Fleet News: “There could also be reasons fleets do not want to release [footage], but I’m sure a lot of companies would provide input if requested under their civic duties. Dashcams have a use and, like all the equipment on cars, they have to be used responsibly.”

The remit of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) is to help coordinate operations but rolling out Operation Snap across the rest of the UK is not currently under consideration, it is understood.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, adds: “Some motorists turn to social media to shame bad driving but it rarely comes to anything. This scheme in Wales can actually bring about tangible results.”

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