Dear Dorset Safety Camera Partnership,
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?
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 ?
Q3.Please confirm if the partnership have ownership of these cameras, paid in full, or any other arrangement.
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.
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.
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 setting adjustments?.
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?
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.

Yours faithfully,

dennis fallon

.Dorset Roadsafe,

Dear Mr Fallon,

Thank you for your email of 25/08/11.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response
within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act
(this is by 22/09/11), subject to the information not being exempt or
containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Dorset
Road Safe may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you
will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest
opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of
the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed
and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive
payment from you. If you choose not to make a payment then your request
will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
Dorset Road Safe.

Regards

Brian Austin
Freedom of Information Manager

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.Dorset Roadsafe,

 

Dear Mr Fallon,

 

Serial Number: 0001/08/11 (Please quote this reference in future
correspondence regarding this submission).

 

Thank you for your email of 25 August 2011 below.  Under Section 1 (1)
(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can confirm that I do have
access to the information you have requested.  Please note the Dorset
Safety Camera Partnership (DSCP) is now titled Dorset Road Safe (DRS) –
the ICO is aware of the change in title.

 

I will answer your questions in the order they were presented.

 

1.  2008/09                    39 Fixed & 13 Red Light
sites

     2009/10                    40 Fixed & 10 Red
Light sites

     2010/11                    32 Fixed & 6 Red
Light sites

 

In use at these sites were 26 actual cameras.

 

2.  Costs for recalibration paid to SERCO EXCLUDING VAT were:

 

    2008/09                     £27,022

    2009/10                     £28,969

    2010/11                     £29,180

 

3.  The Local authorities own the sites, Dorset Road Safe own the
cameras.

 

4.  The cameras are calibrated before use (minimum annually) and
calibration is done on cameras as and when required thus on an ad hoc one
to one basis – there are no full contracts thus no break clauses etc are
required.

 

5.  GATSO would supply a report on any calibrated if it found any fault
or any item/part that needed replacement.

 

6.  Cameras are returned with a 0.5 second interval.

 

7.  Camera operators and associated clerical staffs are trained “on the
job” by experienced colleagues.  Their output is continually monitored &
validated and these records would be supplied via the Crown Prosecution
Service if required as evidence at court.

 

8.  There are no calibration lines on the roads.  The lines are
secondary check marks which in Dorset are 5 feet apart – the camera photo
is the primary evidence.

 

I trust that answers your questions.

 

In the event that you wish to complain about the manner in which your
enquiry has been handled, you should write in the first instance to:

 

FOI Appeal Panel, SEES Department

Dorset Police

Dorset Police Headquarters

Winfrith

Dorset

DT2 8DZ

 

 

Regards

 

Brian Austin

Freedom of Information Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear .Dorset Roadsafe,
Thank you for your helpful reply.

Unfortunately I made an error in part of my original request because I was hoping to calculate the annual costs for calibrating each camera, but forgot to allow for the fact that each camera type has a different calibration cost and, in some circumstances calibration may be additionally required at different times.

I am sorry about this oversight on my part,because it is now necessary to request the information more directly.
You may wish to treat as a new request or simply as further clarification.

CLARIFICATION POINT ONE.
Please confirm the cost of single calibration of one Gatso Speed Camera for each of the past three years, with the same data for one Gatso Red Light Camera, so that comparisons and trends may be appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours sincerely,

dennis fallon

.Dorset Roadsafe,

Dear Mr Fallon,

Thank you for your email of 23/09/11.

This request will be processed in order of receipt so as not to disadvantage those with request waiting.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act (this is by 20/10/11), subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances Dorset Road Safe may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you choose not to make a payment then your request will remain unanswered.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in Dorset Road Safe.

Regards

Brian Austin
Freedom of Information Manager

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.Dorset Roadsafe,

Dear Mr Fallon,

Cost of calibration per camera is as below; this is an average cost per camera over the last three years:

Gatso Speed Camera

2008/09 675.00
2009/10 715.00
2010/11 750.00

Gatso Red Light

2008/09 495.00
2009/10 520.00
2010/11 550.00

I hope that answers your questions.

Regards

Brian Austin
Freedom of Information Manager

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Dear Mr Austin,

Thank you, and the support personell involved, for the helpful and complete responses.

Yours sincerely,

dennis fallon

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