Speed Enforcement in Restricted Road Areas Without Street Lighting

Craig Sweeney made this Freedom of Information request to Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,
I am writing to you to request information regarding speed enforcement in your constabulary.
I trust this information will be provided as required under the Freedom of Information act;
1. Please confirm what Avon and Somerset's policy is regarding the enforcement of speed limits in "restricted road" areas where there is no street lighting (or they are more than 200 years apart).
Why does the constabulary actively enforce speed limits where the distances between each terminal repeater signs exceeds the guidance as detailed in the Traffic Signs Manual and Traffic Signs Regulations?
2. Would the constabulary agree that by enforcing these sites the constabulary and Highway authority have failed to meet their obligation of the Traffic Sigs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) direction 11 to provide repeater signs "Along the Road" and or "at regular intervals" in line with existing guidance?
3. Have temporary terminal repeater signs ever been erected by the constabulary or requested to be installed by the local authority?
4. What checks are made prior to a new enforcement site becoming active and subsequently what daily checks are made before each site is enforced?
5. In total how many people have successfully appealed a Notice of indented prosecution due to insufficient repeater signs in 2014/2013?

Yours Faithfully
Mr Craig Sweeney

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Mr Craig Sweeney
Date 19 January
[1][FOI #248638 email] 2015

 

 

Dear Mr Sweeney

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 16^th
January 2015 concerning speed enforcement in restricted road areas without
street lighting. This request will be dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
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[FOI #248638 email] Date 23 January 2015

 

 

Dear Mr Sweeney

 

I write in connection with your request for information dated 16^th
January 2015 concerning speed enforcement. I am writing to you to inform
you that your request has been transferred to the Speed Enforcement Unit
(SEU). The information you are seeking would routinely be provided by that
unit, therefore your request has been treated as business as usual.

 

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Should you have any further queries regarding your request in the
meantime, please contact the Speed Enforcement Unit (SEU) directly at
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Yours sincerely

 

C Quartey

 

Freedom of Information Officer

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to additional information, which may provide you with further
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Susan Lewis, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Dear Mr Sweeney,

Thank you for your email which has been passed to me to respond:

1. Any enforcement on a "restricted road" where there is no street lighting (or they are more than 200 years apart) a copy of a traffic regulation order (TRO) is requested from the Local Authority.

2. See 1

3. The police do not erect any speed limit signage as this is the responsibility of the local authority. All signage is checked by the enforcement officer before enforcement commences and if there any relevant signs that are not visible or damaged etc, enforcement will not commence and the relevant local authority are informed.

4. Prior to a new enforcement site becoming active, the enforcement officer visits the location to ensure suitable parking is available, they also carry out a risk assessment, check for visibility and ensure the relevant signage is in order. As previously stated, the enforcement officer checks all relevant signage before enforcement and at each location completes a distance check at the start and end of the enforcement period.

5. This information is not available as once any cases are dealt with at court, this information would be kept by the courts.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Speed Enforcement Unit
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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Dear Avon and Somerset Constabulary,
Thank you for your response but please could you request that questions 1 and 2 are reviewed as these were unsatisfactorily answered.
In addition I would also like to request further information.
1. Have Avon and Somerset Constabulary or community speed watch volunteers removed temporary terminal signs from enforcement sites 3218 & 3139?
2. Were Avon and Somerset ever made aware that temporary terminal signs had been installed at the above sites by an unknown party?
3. Were these temporary signs ever identified by the enforcement officer whilst completing pre-enforcement checks?
4. Has any speed enforcement been undertaken whilst these temporary terminal signs were installed?
5. How many sign defects have the Constabulary reported to the Local Authority between the months of Jan 2014 and Feb 2015 at sites 3218 & 3139? Please provide copies of each report where available.
Regards
Mr C Sweeney

Susan Lewis, Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Dear Mr Sweeney,

Thank you for your email.

1. Avon and Somerset Constabulary have not and would not remove any temporary terminal signs, I am unable to comment with regards to anyone else tampering with signage.
2. Avon and Somerset Constabulary Speed Enforcement Unit check all relevant signage before enforcement and if there are any issues with signage, enforcement will not commence and the local authority are informed.
3. The Speed Enforcement Unit have not been made aware of any temporary signs while completing pre-enforcement checks. As previously stated, all relevant signage before enforcement and if there are any issues with signage, enforcement will not commence and the local authority are informed.
4. See answer 2
5. Any signage issues are reported to the local authority the same day as the enforcement officers inform the Speed Enforcement Unit. Until these signs are rectified, enforcement will not commence. The local authority were informed in May 2014 advising enforcement was suspended due to foliage covering signage at sites 3218 and 3139. No enforcement was then carried out at site 3139 until November 2014 and no enforcement was carried out at site 3218 until December 2014. Copies of reports are not available as this is reported through a web portal and no report is generated.

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Lewis
Speed Enforcement Unit
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

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