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Trafficmaster Detectors

Volume 403: debated on Monday 10 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Trafficmaster detectors on motorways and trunk roads are equipped with lenses capable of reading vehicle registration numbers; and if he will make a statement. [101382]

The Trafficmaster units on the motorway and trunk road network use two types of detector. The model using an infrared beam is not fitted with lenses. The other type incorporates a camera that reads vehicle registration marks.To preserve privacy, equipment at the roadside removes the first and last characters of each number plate read by the cameras. The remaining characters are

Royal Navy (including Royal Marines)3,5811,34638
Royal Air Force8,5723,84044
Other (including Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Joint NEC Regiment and civilians)1,16056949
Immunisation against anthrax is recorded in an individual's medical records when it is administered. However, it takes time for copies of these details to be passed back to Ministry of Defence and entered into central records, hence these figures do not include personnel most recently included in the programme. We are confident that a majority of personnel now deploying to the Gulf will opt to receive immunisation against anthrax, and expect take-up to improve further

encrypted and processed to create a unique Identifier which is used to calculate the average speed of a batch of vehicles. No other information about a vehicle is recorded, and after two hours, the Identifiers are discarded.