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Handheld Speed Trap Requirements

Question:

What legal requirements are applicable to the use of hand operated (hand held) speed trap cameras. Are officers allowed to trap around bends, on downhills, on bridges, etc?

Answer:

The following must be available at all times at attended sites where Speed Measurement Equipment (SME) are being operated:

  • A valid calibration certificate.
  • The Operators certificate.

A driver shall be afforded the opportunity to view the speed-reading and documents referred to above.

The Speed Measurement Equipment (SME) must at all times, whilst being operated, be mounted on a firm and stable surface and if mounted in / on a vehicle, the vehicle must be stabilised.

THE FOLLOWING IS IN TERMS OF THE PROSECUTING GUIDELINES FOR SPEED MEASUREMENT EQUIPMENT AND TRAFFIC LIGHT VIOLATION MONITORING EQUIPMENT:

1. GUIDELINES FOR PROSECUTION WITH REGARD TO SPEED MEASUREMENTS BY RADAR EQUIPMENT NOT LINKED TO A DATA AND IMAGE CAPTURING DEVICE

SITE SELECTION
When selecting a site for a speed measurement exercise, the following must be adhered to:

    • Site selection must be done during daytime for day- and nighttime operation.
    • There shall be no large, stationary, or metal objects (e.g. patrol vehicle, bus shelter) within a radius of 50 metres in front of the radar SME.
    • There shall be no metal road signs or vertical flat surfaces within fifteen (15) degrees on either side of the aiming direction, within a distance of 200 metres of the antenna.
    • The equipment may only be used where there is a clear view, any obstruction taken into account, within 45 degrees of the direction of aim over a distance of 600 metres.
    • There shall be no high-tension cables within a radius of 100 metres of the antenna.
    • There shall be no discharge type lamps (e.g. sodium or neon) in operation within 45 degrees of the direction of aim within 100 metres of the antenna.

(a) Equipment modified or permanently set that no signals are received and processed from vehicles more than 300 metres away may be used on straight roads. Vehicles used to test the modification are vehicles with a tare of not more than 750kg.

A copy of the certificate verifying the modification or setting has to accompany the equipment at all times.

(b) Equipment not modified, shall only be used where rises and bends in the road take all vehicles further than 300 metres out of the measuring area of the SME.
The SME shall at all times, whilst being operated, be mounted on a firm and stable surface and if mounted in or on a vehicle, the vehicle must be stabilised before the SME is used.

2. GUIDELINES FOR PROSECUTION WITH REGARD TO SPEED MEASUREMENTS BY LASER EQUIPMENT
When selecting a site for a speed measurement exercise, the operator must have a clear and uninterrupted view of the road and the vehicle measured for the duration of the measurement.

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