Mr. Dennis Fallon
Direct Line: 01622 654429/654413
Fax: 01622 652029
Date: 22 September 2011
FOI Ref: 11/08/61
Dear Mr. Fallon,
Freedom Of Information Request 11/08/61
I write in response to your application under the Freedom of Information Act received on 24
August 2011. I am now able to respond as follows:
I would like to request a FOI disclosure which is basically to understand the annual money
payments to Serco and Gatso for the calibration and maintenance of cameras, staff training, and
how the speed is calculated as part of the secondary check.
Q1. How many fixed post Gatso (FPG) and Gatso Red Light (GRL) cameras were in use, on an
annual basis, by your partnership in the past three financial years?
The table below details the number of Gatsometer speed enforcement sites and Gatsometer red
light enforcement sites that were operated by Kent Police during each of the financial years
Number of enforcement sites
34 fixed post Gatso housings
32 fixed post Gatso housings
31 fixed post Gatso housings.
Q2. For these cameras, for the past three financial years, what were the total cost amounts paid
(TCAP) for the annual calibration of these cameras, identifying the TCAP to intermediate agents
such as Serco and the company Gatsometer B.V, and the additional amounts of V.A.T added?
The following table details the net and gross amounts paid for work on the cameras for the last
three financial years. All payments were made to Serco.
The calibration costs cannot be extracted from the general costs which include maintenance and
repair. Please note that depending on when the work is carried out, invoices can cross the financial
year period. As such, purchase orders in 2010/11 may not have been invoiced until the new
financial year. A number of cameras required calibration in February and March this year, for
which payment will be made in the current financial year.
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Q3.Please confirm if the partnership have ownership of these cameras, paid in full, or any other
The Partnership is not an entity in its own right and therefore does not own assets in the
Partnership’s name. Kent Police owns the cameras on behalf of the Partnership. The respective
housings are owned by the Highways Authority.
Q4. Please confirm if the calibration contracts (CC) have been agreed for a fixed term with break
penalty clauses or negotiated annually, if the CC are inclusive of a greater contract regarding
maintenance, and who signed the contracts on behalf of the partnership.
There are no specific calibration contracts and calibration is arranged through the equipment
manufacturers or their approved third parties.
Q5. After the cameras have been returned following calibration please confirm if, apart from the
calibration certificate, Gatsometer B.V provide a report on any faults detected and items replaced
and, if so, please identify the items, including batteries, that have required replacement.
The cameras are returned with a calibration certificate. No report of any faults detected is
provided, however, if there were any faults with the equipment, it would not receive a calibration
Q6 After calibration, please confirm if the cameras are returned with a shutter speed of two
photographs at intervals of 0.5 seconds, and if your Camera Enforcement Officers make any
adjustments to the shutter speed or flash setting prior to reinstallation and, if so, what are the
The shutter speed is variable by light conditions, automatically adjusted by the camera. The
interval between the photographs is set at 0.5 seconds and this is verified by the camera operators
when conducting the test shots at the beginning and end of each film. This 0.5 second interval
reading is imprinted on the test shot photograph.
Q7. Regarding the secondary check viewing, please advise how the viewing staff are trained for
their task, who does the training, are certificates of completion provided, and are the staff given
post training assessments or hard copy reference documentation. Is the work of the viewing staff
audited or reviewed at intervals?
All staff responsible for the verification are trained and issued with a certificate. Dip testing of
verifications is conducted.
Q8. For FPG please confirm the distance between the calibration lines on the road which are part
of the secondary check, so that one can calculate the speed if five lines are passed.
The distance between the secondary check lines is 5ft.
Thank you for your interest in Kent Police. If you have any further queries concerning your
request, or the application of the Freedom of Information Act in general, please contact this office
quoting the reference number shown above.
Yours sincerely, Laura Birchley
Freedom of Information Administrator
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