We have a received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:
In relation to the Gatso 24 we were asked:
- How can you be certain that use from a stationary vehicle will produce satisfactory results if it has not been tested in this mode? Please supply me any testing records or explanations as to how this information is gathered.
- Since the ACPO Code of Practice states “Must not be used from within a vehicle” then if the use of the device is from within a vehicle then please explain as to how it can operate from “within a vehicle” and still conform to the Code of Practice.
- Is it not just possible that the device as tested from within a moving vehicle was giving incorrect readings due it being vehicle mounted rather than being in a moving vehicle? Several European Countries employ the Gatso in moving vehicles so the tests from a moving vehicle may be not be the problem area. It may be that just because the device is actually mounted in a vehicle of any sort that causes the problem. Is there anything to substantiate that ONLY when it is in a MOVING vehicle that there are problems with the accuracy of the device?”
We released the following information on 6 August 2007.