Parking and Traffic Enforcement

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Lucas Lord Lucas Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take action to ensure that all documents issued by the Secretary of State for Transport certifying to enforcing authorities that closed circuit television apparatus employed in their area for civil parking and traffic enforcement are approved devices state all the cameras and associated systems that are thereby certified; whether they will ensure that such certificates correctly state the date of production of the certificate together with the date of the enforcing authority's application for that certificate; and whether they will take action to rectify any currently-issued certificates which are incomplete or date-incorrect in these respects.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Approved devices certification covers the whole CCTV system and not just the cameras. These systems are too complex to include all details of the elements within them on the certification letter.

It is current policy that a brief one-line description of the nature of the system is given along with a reference to the technical construction file, in which the complete system is described. Certification of a system does not rely upon having a complete list of cameras on the certification letter-equipment listed in the technical construction file is certified and the letter merely confirms the certification.

There is no specific requirement to list the cameras on the certification letter. In some past cases, certification letters have not listed every camera device approved as part of the technical construction file for use by a particular authority.

The department's Vehicle Certification Agency is reviewing all certification letters and issuing corrections where any clerical errors come to light. The review will ensure that all letters correctly state the date of production and the authority's application date.

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