The decision upon whether a fixed camera or camera van can be installed at a site depends upon the relevant highway authority for the area. This will either be Kent County Council, Medway Council or the Highways Agency. The Partnership's role is to enforce and maintain these sites.
All safety camera sites are selected with the aim of reducing crashes and casualties.
The first step of the selection process is for the relevant highway authority to ascertain the number of crashes and casualties at the proposed location. This is done using a crash and casualty database that is maintained using police records.
The second step of the process, unless the site is for a proposed red light camera, is for the highway authority to conduct a speed survey in order to determine if there is an actual speeding problem.
The final step is to have the site surveyed by a qualified road safety engineer to ensure it is suitable for safety camera enforcement and there are no other viable engineering/road safety measures to rectify the problem.
Once all this information has been collected and analysed, the type of safety camera enforcement, if any, can then be decided upon.
If you think you have a problem with speeding, mobile phone use or seat belt use in your area and think the Safety Camera Partnership could help please email email@example.com.
Until the end of March 2007, all safety camera installations adhered to the criteria set out by the Department for Transport (DfT). Click on the following link to download a copy of the handbook - DfT handbook 06-07.
From 1 April 2007, the policy that the Partnership adheres to is largely the same, with the following key criteria:
- Fixed safety cameras can be installed where three or more people have been killed or seriously injured in speed-related crashes, over a 1.5km stretch of road, in the three years prior to installation.
- Mobile safety cameras can be installed where at least one person has been killed or seriously injured in a speed-related crash/es, over a 5km stretch of road, in the three years prior to installation.
- The use of safety cameras should be seen as a last resort measure, once all other justifiable solutions have been exhausted.
- The speed limit covered by a camera must be properly signed to ensure that enforcement can be carried out.
- Site inspections should ensure that the loading and unloading of the camera can take place safely.
- The selected location for mobile enforcement is easily accessible and there is space for enforcement to take place in a visible and safe manner.
- Housings should be painted yellow. Vans should be high visibility.
- All sites must be signed with sufficient signing to warn drivers of the presence of camera enforcement.