Safety Camera Scheme Informaion

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Dear Leicestershire Constabulary,
I require information from the Leicester,Leicestershire and Rutland Safety Camera Partnership, which is supervised by your Constabulary.

I have studied the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Safety Cameras Scheme( LLRSCS) website at http://www.speedorsafety.com/ and there are several issues which cause me concern especially in terms of camera site details and accountability.
I have reviewed the website in detail and there appear to be errors which require explanation, especially considering that magistrates are being led to believe that the Scheme is not a money making but a Safety scheme.
The `Latest News` on LLRSCP, dated 5 August 2011, states “As requested by the Department for Transport the LLRSCP has published site-specific information for each of its fixed camera sites. The information includes annual collision and casualty data back to 1990 for the numbers of killed and seriously injured people and for all personal injuries.”
This appears to be a false statement as only 16 cameras are listed yet there appears to be approximately 10 fixed cameras on the camera location map, described as red-light cameras, which have been omitted. It is wrong to conceal this data as Eric Pickles M.P has specifically requested the disclosures to explain the validity of camera locations and that they are not simply a means of entrapment. In a similar way the DfT have also designed Regulations and Guidelines to ensure that roads are correctly signed to ensure motorists are correctly advised of limits and hazards.

Q1.Please provide a list of all the redlight cameras in use and their location, together with the camera type in use, date of installation, and the annual collision and accident data back to 1990.

I have concerns that these red light cameras have been set up inappropriately for revenue raising reasons rather than road safety. The cameras are supposed to influence driver behaviour and cause them to take more care at potential danger locations rather than simply take photos after the event, and in this regard the DfT have drafted signage expectations.
I have studied location details for most of the red light cameras and most of them have either no warning sign or, for example on the A563 Soar Valley Way, the sign is located 1km ahead of the lights, which is obviously ridiculous in terms of road safety, or as in the case of the A50 Lena Drive is disguised by means of inappropriate approach signage, using a sign DfT 880, as a speed camera site with no warning that it is a redlight site requiring additional care on approach. I cannot condone the lack of signage or inappropriate signage to possibly result in entrapment.

Q2.I am aware that the redlight camera on the Woodville Road, heading South, has the correct signage,”Traffic signal cameras”(TSC), within sight of the junction lights. Please advise how many of your red cameras have TSC signage within view of their target lights,how many within 1km, and how many with nil.

Q3.Reference red light camera,A50 Lena drive, please advise why this site merits a red light camera in terms of accident record, why there is no TSC warning sign within 500 metres, why the signs DfT 880( speed camera warning sign) are in place when there is no active speed camera within 1km ahead.

Q4.Reference the data for the Speed Camera A50 Markfield Road, installed in 1997, this shows that for the past ten years there has only been recorded one minor accident despite many thousands of vehicles having passed. Please advise why this camera is still in place when DfT guidelines recommend that such cameras should be removed, or if you have plans to remove it.

Q5.Please advise of the FPN and NIP data for each of the two cameras on the A50 for the past three complete financial years.

Q6.Although the Chief Constable is ultimately responsible for the activities of the Camera Partnership, please advise of the names and positions of all of the chief personnel, and the collar numbers of the civilian employees within the Partnership trained to maintain the red light cameras or process the data.

I am concerned about the legality of the red light cameras controlled by the Partnership and I would appreciate the FOI response within the usual timescale.

Yours faithfully,

dennis fallon

Data Protection,

Dear Mr Fallon

I acknowledge receipt of your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

This is receiving our attention and a response will be sent to you in due course and within the specified time.

Yours sincerely

Steven Morris

Deputy Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Leicestershire Constabulary

': +44 (0)116 222 2222 Ext 5219

:: [email address]

7: +44 (0)0116 2485217

Website: http://www.leics.police.uk

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Data Protection,

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Dear Mr Fallon

 

Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request
which we received on 8/9/2011.

 

Kind regards

 

Steven Morris

Deputy Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Leicestershire Constabulary

': +44 (0)116 222 2222 Ext 5219

:: [email address]

7:  +44 (0)0116 2485217

Website: http://www.leics.police.uk

 

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Dear Data Protection,

I wish to appeal the information received as a result of my recent FOI and require clarification of some issues.

THIS PARTICULAR CORRESPONDANCE BELOW IS SIMPLY A RESTATEMENT OF THE REPLY FOR CONVENIENCE TO AVOID OPENING THE REPLY ATTACHMENT AND MAINTAIN THE INFORMATION THREAD.THE APPEAL, FOR TIDYNESS, WILL BE IN THE NEXT COMMUNICATION AND WILL REFER TO THE ORIGINAL.THIS ORIGINAL WILL BE REFERRED TO AS `THE CONSIDERED REPLY`.

"Your request for information has now been considered and I am not obliged to supply all the information you have requested as an exemption applies to Q1 and 7 of your request.

In response to your general comments prior to Q1 the Leicestershire Constabulary can offer the following information:

Contrary to your assertion, the Department for Transport (DFT) have never requested the publication of information about red light camera sites. Indeed, their own publication website specifically refers to fixed speed cameras.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/speed...

However, I accept that at the time of this request, the wording on the speed or safety website may have caused some confusion.

I am able to inform you that the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership (LLRRSP) had previously agreed to exceed the requirements of the DFT and publish data for all fixed camera sites within the partnership area. At the time of this request, speed site data was available for publication and work was in progress for red light sites. I am now pleased to inform you that this has now been completed and has been published as per my response to question 1.

With regards to signing requirements from the DFT, there are in fact no legal requirements to sign any Safety Camera sites; speed or red light. Rules and Guidelines published for the year 2006/07 expired on 31 March 2007 and there have been no further legal requirements since. However, it has been the policy of the LLRRSP to continue with signing sites as per the former rules and guidelines. In addition, all red light camera housings are covered with reflective yellow material to aid visibility to drivers. This again, was never a DFT requirement (for red light sites) but was undertaken voluntarily to aid drivers.

The former guidelines for signing a red light site stated solely that “a camera sign must be placed not more than 1Km from the first camera housing in the direction being enforced”. Please note that a camera sign can either be of diagram 878 with the words “Traffic signal cameras” or “Traffic signal and speed” or it could be of diagram 879 which is the camera sign with no wording.

Please follow the link to a copy of the relevant page of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002)

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2002/0231139...

Q1.Please provide a list of all the red-light cameras in use and their location, together with the camera type in use, date of installation, and the annual collision and accident data back to 1990.

Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires Leicestershire Constabulary, when refusing to provide such information (because the information is exempt) to provide you the applicant with a notice which: (a) states that fact, (b) specifies the exemption in question and (c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption applies.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 precludes me from responding under this legislation because there is an absolute exemption from disclosure under Section 21 – Information Reasonably Accessible by Other Means of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is applicable.

The information requested is now available at http://www.speedorsafety.com/ksi-data/

In relation to your comments after Q1 the Leicestershire Constabulary can reply

All red light camera sites are signed in accordance with guidelines set out in the 2006/07 Handbook of rules and Guidance, which set no legal requirements. A copy of the guidelines can be found at:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

The A50 between Field Head and the start of the National Speed Limit south east of Lena Drive is signed as an enforcement route for which there are mobile speed cameras, fixed speed cameras and the red-speed camera at the junction of Lena Drive. It is therefore signed for speed enforcement throughout and indeed speed enforcement could take place at the junction of Lena Drive, although currently it is solely used for red light enforcement. The 880 sign to which you refer is actually a co-located speed limit repeater sign (50mph) and an 879 camera sign. The co-located sign is in the same view as the camera in accordance with the guidelines for fixed speed cameras. The 879 also acts a reminder that red light enforcement may take place at the junction.

Route enforcement was established as part of the overall Road Safety Strategy in Leicestershire to help reduce road casualties on a busy and fast stretch of road.

Q2.I am aware that the red light camera on the Woodville Road, heading South, has the correct signage,”Traffic signal cameras”(TSC), within sight of the junction lights. Please advise how many of your red cameras have TSC signage within view of their target lights, how many within 1km, and how many with nil.

As previously stated, there is no legal requirement for an 878 sign to be placed within 1Km of the camera housing or indeed for any camera warning sign to be in sight of the junction lights. However, I am able to inform you that of 12 red light housings:

3 sites have an 878 sign in sight of the housing.
3 sites have an 878 sign within 1Km and at least one 879 sign in sight of the housing
1 site (Lena Drive) has the 878 signs more than 1Km from the junction but two 879 sign (co-located with the speed limit) in sight of the housing.
5 sites have an 878 sign within 1Km but not within sight of the housing

Q3.Reference red light camera, A50 Lena drive, please advise why this site merits a red light camera in terms of accident record, why there is no TSC warning sign within 500 metres, why the signs DfT 880( speed camera warning sign) are in place when there is no active speed camera within 1km ahead.

This site was established in October 1997, prior to the formation of the Safety Camera Partnership. In 2002 this site was reviewed by the Department for Transport and they agreed to its’ continuing use. In 2006 the site was changed to a red-speed site and hence, all signage was adapted for speed as well as red-light enforcement, as previously described. The co-located sign prior to the Lena Drive Camera serves both as a statutory speed limit repeater and an additional warning to drivers of a traffic enforcement camera ahead.

All sites are regularly reviewed by the LLRRSP and at this stage there are no plans to decommission the site.

Q4.Reference the data for the Speed Camera A50 Markfield Road, installed in 1997, this shows that for the past ten years there has only been recorded one minor accident despite many thousands of vehicles having passed. Please advise why this camera is still in place when DfT guidelines recommend that such cameras should be removed, or if you have plans to remove it.

There are no DFT requirements to remove the site. I refer you to figure 4 (page 25) of the former Rules and Guidelines 2006/07, for which a link has been provided in my reply to question 1.

As stated in Q3, all sites are regularly reviewed and there are no plans to withdraw enforcement along any of the A50 enforcement route. Safety Camera enforcement remains an integral part of Leicestershire County Councils casualty reduction strategy along the A50.

Q5.Please advise of the FPN and NIP data for each of the two cameras on the A50 for the past three complete financial years.
Notice of intended prosecutions PAID, Driver Education (DE), Court Summons (CS)
A50 MARKFIELD ROAD SPEED CAMERA
2008-2009 camera not in service :2009-2010 399 paid,249 DE,,207 CS :2010-2011 267 paid,224 DE,70 CS
A50 MARKFIELD ROAD RED LIGHT CAMERA
2008-2009 205 PAID, N-A,28 CS: 2009-2010 105 PAID, 25 DA,20 CS: 2010-2011 287 PAID,42 DA,22 CS

Q6.Although the Chief Constable is ultimately responsible for the activities of the Camera Partnership, please advise of the names and positions of all of the chief personnel, and the collar numbers of the civilian employees within the Partnership trained to maintain the red light cameras or process the data.

The Safety Camera Team is managed by the Road Safety Unit Manager who is a civilian employee as is their staff. As they are not police Officers and therefore not involved in front line policing the details you have requested are exempt under the following provision of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:

Section 40 (2) - Personal Information

This is an absolute exemption and disclosure of this information would breach the first principle of the Data Protection Act 2000 which is that personal information must be fairly and lawfully processed.

The Leicestershire Constabulary provides you the right to ask for a re-examination of your request under its review procedure. Letters should be addressed to Information Manager, Professional Standards Department at the above address. If you decide to request such a review and having followed the Constabulary’s full process you are still dissatisfied, then you have the right to direct your comments to the Information Commissioner who will give it consideration.

Yours sincerely

Steven Morris "

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dennis fallon

Data Protection,

Dear Mr Fallon,

Following on from your email dated the 19/10/2011, I understand that you wish for an internal review to be conducted on the response which was sent to you regarding FOI 2122/11.

In your email below you state that the grounds for your appeal will follow on in a new email. At present I can find no receipt of this email. Can you please confirm that you still wish to proceed with this review?

Kind regards

Steven Morris

Deputy Disclosure Officer

Information Management

Leicestershire Constabulary

': +44 (0)116 222 2222 Ext 5219

:: [email address]

7: +44 (0)0116 2485217

Website: http://www.leics.police.uk

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