ROAD users across the borough are increasingly taking to installing video cameras in their cars to combat ‘crash for cash’ fraud claims.
The devices, known as ‘dash-cams, which can also be mounted onto cyclists helmets, record the view through the windscreen and capture events before, during and after a collision.
The recorded footage can also be used by defendants against accusations of lane-hogging or tailgating on motorways following new fixed penalty legislation which came into force in August.
One cyclist who is sick and tired of being on the receiving end of poor driving and abuse during daily commutes has used his camera to highlight problems on the video sharing site YouTube.
Jason Mayo, a businessman from Atherton, became so sick of bad drivers he decided to film them and upload his videos to the web.
Keen cyclist Jason, who racks up around 75 miles per week in the saddle, says he believes the videos clearly show the need for greater public awareness about sharing the roads with two-wheeled traffic.
Jason, 25, said: “Generally I go out riding for about two hours at a time, and I can pretty much guarantee I will get a couple of videos out of that every time.
“Quite frequently I get people coming too close or cars stopping in cycle lanes and advanced stopping lines, the bits of lane in front of traffic lights so cyclists can get away safely.”
The Insurance Fraud Bureau estimates around 30,000 ‘crash for cash’ incidents take place every year, costing insurers around £350m and pushing up premiums for honest, innocent drivers by around £44 each.
A new tactic that is being used by increasingly bold fraudsters has also emerged this year.
They flash their headlights to give victims the impression they are being allowed to join a main road but then accelerate in order to hit the unsuspecting driver side-on.
Car accessories chain Halfords said that it had seen demand for the new in-car camera soar as increasing numbers of motorists wanted to film their journeys for protection in case of incidents.