The mobile enforcement consists of 10 technicians who work throughout the Lancashire area, and have 8 fully liveried (yellow) enforcement vans.
All the technicians use Type Approved LTI 20.20 UltraLyte 1000 laser speed detection device, a Type Approved Tele-Traffic Display Control Unit, integrated video camera, and professional zoom lens. The recording medium used is compact flash technology.
Laser is used as a means of detecting vehicle speed. More detailed information on the devices can be found on the manufacturers website at www.teletrafficuk.com .
All the laser devices are calibrated by the manufacturer every 12 months as required by both the manufacturers and the ACPO guidelines. Example copies of the calibration certificates are shown below.
All the mobile operators are trained and authorised to operate the equipment. There are no untrained technicians or un-calibrated speed enforcement devices used within Lancashire.
Above is an example of the mobile speed detection photograph.
There are a number of ways mobile speed enforcement sites are agreed:
- Any static/fixed site can be used for mobile enforcement as long as it is safe to park
- Some of the older sites were introduced based on casualty statistics
- Some sites were recommended by local councils in response to community concerns
‘Lancashire RoadWatch’ was introduced by the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership in 2011; where local authorities identified the worst roads in our county based on casualty data - our mobile technicians are tasked to enforce at any point along the length of these routes so long as it is safe to do so. Each site is then graded in accordance with the speed count data obtained by the local authorities, with those sites having the highest recorded speeds receiving the most enforcement, i.e. to ensure proportionate enforcement is allocated along the route.
In addition to the above, a small group of police personnel and local authority representatives also manage complaints of excess speed submitted by members of the public via the Police, one of the local authorities or directly to the Lancashire Road Safety Partnership; analysis is carried out to verify any complaints (casualty data considered and speed readings taken by the relevant council) and where substantiated and the site assessed as suitable for parking, enforcement is then programmed into the tasking.