GoSafe has a number of marked vans and motorcycles spread throughout the country which are used at various locations to capture offences of speed and other road traffic violations.
These are vehicles which are staffed by fully trained Police Staff or Police Officers, who watch the speed of vehicles passing the vans. Once they form the opinion that the vehicle is exceeding the speed limit, they use the equipment as described below, in order to confirm this suspicion and record it for a prosecution to proceed.
The speed measuring equipment most commonly used by the mobile enforcement team is the LTI 20-20 TS/M Speedscope. This is a laser device linked directly to a digital DVD system that runs constantly during the whole period of enforcement. We also operate a small number of devices which record to VHS instead of DVD,
The LTI 20/20 ensures that all offences are captured on an image to produce to the offender. The Speedscope can be trained on vehicles up to 1,000 metres away, although most work is carried out far closer to the enforcement vehicle. The time, date, speed, distance, site coding and whether the vehicle is travelling towards or away from the checkpoint is recorded on the image to produce to the offending driver.
This equipment was type approved by the Secretary of State on the 1st November 1993, with a new approval in 2007 to utilise the DVD recording system as a replacement for the VHS system.
The camera and recording systems used are sealed units and any maintenance is carried out by the manufacturers.
Please note, the offical ruling is that calibration checks are not a condition of Home Office Type Approval.
The safety camera equipment used has been through stringent tests by the Home Office scientific department and has been given Home Office Type Approval. To gain this approval equipment in use must be calibrated, used by trained operators and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements. The operators are trained to use the equipment correctly (evidence of procedures available in court) and equipment is calibrated.