Following the highways authority suggesting a new mobile camera site or there being a joint decision by Safer Roads Humber partners to establish a new site, a site visit/ audit is undertaken by experienced enforcement staff to assess the location for its suitability to become a camera site. This includes looking at the following issues:
- Posted speed limit (Traffic Regulation Order/ restricted/ derestricted road status)
- Speed limit gateway and repeater signage/ system of street lighting depending on road status
- Length of speed limit
- Site extents
- Camera vehicle parking locations (suitable, safe and legal; line of sight; obstructions to passing traffic or residents; where required, permission from private landowners is sought)
- Health & safety issues
Once a location has passed these checks, a site certificate will be created that captures the above data, in addition to information on:
- Site type
- Date commissioned
- Site extents including site coordinates
- Confirmation by the Highway Authority that the signage, lines and lighting conform to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (or any such publication thereafter) and the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 3 (Traffic Signs) and Chapter 5 (Road Markings). In the case of roadworks, Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 8 (Part 1: Design. Traffic Safety Measures and Signs for Road Works and Temporary Situations)
- Comments/ other considerations
- Injury collision and casualty data
- Speed data
The site certificate is an administrative record held to ensure that all site information is available in one place. The data captured within does not have an impact on the legality of enforcement being carried out.
Safer Roads Humber holds a generic risk assessment document for mobile camera speed enforcement in relation to the ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations’. All camera operators receive training on this. This covers preparation for deployment, travelling to and from the site, working at the site, manual handling, lone working etc.
There are no mandatory procedures to perform by law prior to enforcement activities, however, the agreed internal procedure is that before every visit
- Operators undertake a run through of the site extents to verify the legality and visibility of any available speed limit signage.
- Operators undertake a dynamic risk assessment to decide where to park/ enforce from, taking account of prevailing weather conditions and potential hazards.
- Operators undertake relevant checks to set up the equipment, including a range check to ensure that the laser is working correctly, and an alignment check with nearby road furniture to ensure that the laser is aligned to the camera.
It is within the discretion of the camera operators to decide where to position themselves when undertaking enforcement activities, depending on a dynamic site risk assessment on the day. A dynamic risk assessment is being carried out by each camera operator on approach and prior to setting up and commencing enforcement at a site. This is a continual mental process where an individual observes and analyses their environment to identify risk. Dynamic risk assessments provide a way to safely control developing and unforeseen incidents and by their very nature are not written down, the camera operator simply continually observes, assesses obvious risks and mitigates accordingly, there and then.
If the operators identify issues at sites, e.g. relating to signage, parking, line of sight or operator health and safety issues, the information is fed back to the relevant highways authority, who will look into resolving the issue. The highways authorities own the roads and are therefore responsible for maintaining the camera sites, with Safer Roads Humber camera vehicles enforcing the locations on their behalf. If necessary and depending on the scale of the issue, the site will be suspended from enforcement until the issue has been rectified.
All vehicles operated by Safer Roads Humber are fully insured as required by the Road Traffic Act 1988 and are maintained by Emergency Services Fleet Management Ltd. Humberside Police also hold public liability insurance.
All Safer Roads Humber camera operators are trained in accordance with the requirements of the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) ‘Guide for the Operational Use of Speed and Red-Light Offence Technology’ document.