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Speed camera test case thrown out

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Senior judges have thrown out an appeal by a veteran campaigner challenging the use of speed cameras.

Robbie the Pict was left facing higher car insurance premiums after being given three penalty points and a £100 fine for being clocked at an alleged 85mph on the A74(M) near Annan in Dumfriesshire.

He mounted a test case, arguing that speed cameras and other speeding devices were illegal because they were never properly approved according to the letter of the law.

However, judges Lord Carloway, Lord Emslie and Lord Abernethy, sitting at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh, rejected his arguments and ruled that "on the whole matter" the appeal would be refused.

They also criticised Robbie the Pict for taking up court time with the pursuit of "ill-founded technical arguments", saying that such "misuse" of the legal process was "not acceptable".

The 61-year-old, a community lawyer from the Isle of Skye, has said his was the UK's first authoritative test case challenging the legality of all speed camera evidence.

He previously said that his case, if successful, would mean some £600 million in fines had been unlawfully taken from motorists over the past 17 years.

© Press Association 2009