We received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information regarding how frequently the Pro Laser III handheld speed camera has by law to be calibrated.
We released the following information on 19 December 2011.
The only legally binding conditions on a type approved device are contained in the type approval order, the agreement between the company and the Home Office, and the schedule to the agreement. The type approval order, agreement and schedule for the Prolaser III handheld speed detection device do not stipulate the frequency of calibration. The only calibration-related requirements for the Prolaser III are in the following paragraphs from the agreement:
‘The company (or its agents) shall ensure that any repair or calibration facility, operated by the company or their agents for the purposes of repairs to or the recalibration of the device, shall be open at all times to inspection by the Secretary of State. The company shall further ensure that persons undertaking repair or calibration on behalf of the company are competent to do so.
The company (or its agents) shall inform the purchaser of what the device is approved for and supply to the purchaser free of charge a certificate certifying that the equipment supplied is that which is type approved for use stating “I certify that [device identifier including serial number] complies with the terms of the specification for type approval”. A similar certificate shall be provided free of charge annually and each time the device is calibrated.’