DfT releases updated technical guidance on certification of approved devices
The Department for Transport has today released updated technical guidance for local authorities in England on obtaining approval of equipment used to capture evidence of certain traffic contraventions.
The guidance>> has been released following the new Civil Enforcement of Road Traffic Contraventions Regulations 2022 giving effect to moving traffic enforcement powers for local authorities in England (outside London) under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004, which came into force on 31 May. The new regulations have also brought together the existing civil enforcement regimes for parking contraventions (England-wide) and bus lane contraventions (outside London).
The 2022 Regulations include provisions for the production of evidence from CCTV cameras and associated recording equipment. Such devices, or parts of a device not covered by an existing recognised approval, must be certified by the Secretary of State to show that the complete system is an ‘approved device’.
The overall objective of the document is to ensure that evidence produced by devices certified in accordance with the procedure described is defensible when taken to adjudication, with chapters covering the process for certification and changes, as well as considerations applying to attended and unattended systems. The guidance also anticipates developments in technology.