In Highway Parking Sensors - (AppyParking)

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Dear Coventry City Council,

Please can you provide the following information regarding the installation of AppyParking sensors within Coventry City

1) The total numbers of sensors installed in Coventry to date
2) the total numbers of sensors expected to be installed in Coventry by the end of the calendar year
3) the Risk Assessment for the installation and use of the sensors
4) any road safety audits specifically relating to the installation of the sensors
5) the Equality Impact Assessment for the installation and use of these sensors in the highway
6) the total number of incidents resulting in damage or injuries that have been reported to Coventry City Council to date which have been caused by, or the sensors have contributed to, their arising.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Pickering

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Dear Place Business Support,

Thank you very much for your response, unfortunately you have not answered the FOI as requested:

3) You have provided a Risk Assessment for the installation of the Sensors, not the Use of the sensors.
Please provide a risk assessment for the Use of the Sensors.

5) As originally requested, please can you provide a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment from which you have made the statement "The system does not have a negative impact on any of the protected characteristics as described in the Equality Act 2010."

Specifically, please can you provide a copy of the Equality Impact Assessment that covers the following Protected Characteristics: Disability.
Specifically, I would expect it to cover the following Disabilities:
•Vision Disability
•Mobility and Physical Impairments

6) Please can you provide the evidence that has enabled you to state that "None - this is true for all AppyParking sensor installations nationally."
I know of at least 2 incidents resulting in injury in which these these sensors have been a contributing factor.

Further to your response, since you have quoted BS EN1463, please can you provide the product certification for the sensors showing compliance to both BS EN 1463 parts 1 and 2, in accordance with the TSR&GD.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Pickering

Place Business Support, Coventry City Council

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Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your email regarding the original email response sent to
Freedom of Information request REQ06276. We have obtained further
clarification to the points that you have raised, as follows:

 

3) Please provide a risk assessment for the Use of the Sensors

 

We can advise that Coventry City Council only has a Risk Assessment for
installation of the sensors so that the sensors can be used safely
supplied by Appy. 

5) Specifically, please can you provide a copy of the Equality Impact
Assessment that covers the following Protected Characteristics:
Disability.

 

We can advise that this has not been produced because it does not have an
impact on this project.

6) Please can you provide the evidence that has enabled you to state that
"None - this is true for all AppyParking sensor installations
nationally."  

 

Coventry City Council / AppyWay have not been made aware of any incidents
resulting in damage or injuries caused by the sensors. The sensors meet EU
and UK guidelines for equipment installed on the highway as described
below.

 

Further to your response, since you have quoted BS EN1463, please can you
provide the product certification for the sensors showing compliance to
both BS EN 1463 parts 1 and 2, in accordance with the TSR&GD. 

 

Parking bay sensors are not covered by any existing regulations. The
European Standard BS EN1463 covers road studs which provide the closest
available guidelines. Section 6.8 of this document
states: "Non-depressible studs with rigid retroreflectors can be surface
bonded or anchored using suitable adhesives, or embedded into the
carriageway using a base unit. The maximum prescribed height for a
depressible stud is 25mm and for a non-depressible stud 20mm (regulation
32)".

 

Units supplied and installed can be compared to a non-depressible type
unit and therefore must remain under 20mm in height which it does. Note
this specification is applicable to the unit itself and does not cover
full installation height (i.e. incl bitumen bond).

 

Please direct all correspondence in connection with Freedom of Information
requests to [1][Coventry City Council request email]

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Business Support Officer

Coventry City Council

 

From: Mr Pickering <[2][FOI #606196 email]>
Sent: 26 September 2019 15:45
To: Place Business Support <[3][email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information Request - REQ06276

 

Dear Place Business Support,

Thank you very much for your response, unfortunately you have not answered
the FOI as requested:

3) You have provided a Risk Assessment for the installation of the
Sensors, not the Use of the sensors.
Please provide a risk assessment for the Use of the Sensors.

5) As originally requested, please can you provide a copy of the Equality
Impact Assessment from which you have made the statement "The system does
not have a negative impact on any of the protected characteristics as
described in the Equality Act 2010."

Specifically, please can you provide a copy of the Equality Impact
Assessment that covers the following Protected Characteristics:
Disability.
Specifically, I would expect it to cover the following Disabilities:
•Vision Disability
•Mobility and Physical Impairments

6) Please can you provide the evidence that has enabled you to state that
"None - this is true for all AppyParking sensor installations nationally."
I know of at least 2 incidents resulting in injury in which these these
sensors have been a contributing factor.

Further to your response, since you have quoted BS EN1463, please can you
provide the product certification for the sensors showing compliance to
both BS EN 1463 parts 1 and 2, in accordance with the TSR&GD.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Pickering

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Dear Place Business Support,

Thank you very much for your response.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Pickering

Mr Pickering left an annotation ()

It would appear that Covernty City Council are negligent under a few threads here, specifically:

1) They have no valid in use risk assessment covering the installation of "unapproved devices" in the public highway, which any basic risk assessment would have highlighted the risk of trips, slips and falls caused by these devices in a public environment, and how this might have been mitigated,

and

2) are making a statement that there is no "Equality Impact" on this policy, despite not performing an Equality Impact Assessment, which are designed to specifically to highlight if there are, or are not, an Equality Impact.
In my opinion, the installation does have an equality impact, as a minimum on those using the highway with either
a) impaired mobility ( trip risk) , such as crossing the road, or getting into the road to get to a car door on the other side of the vehicle, and the increased impact on a trip over these devices this might cause, and
b) impaired visibility, as it's very likely that this will reduce the ability of someone to distinguish the sensors on the road, again increasing the likelihood of trips, slips and falls.