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Airwave Service: Highways Agency

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 13 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Airwave handsets issued to the Highways Agency have been lost in each year since their introduction; and how many handsets issued to the Agency have been disabled by the service provider through (a) loss, (b) breakage and (c) other reasons in each such year. (246187)

The number of radio handsets lost is as follows:

Pieces

2008

6

2007

4

2006

3

2005

12

1 Stolen from vehicle.

Note:

The Traffic Officer Service was not fully operational this year.

All of the aforementioned radio handsets were disabled by the service provider. The standard procedure in the event of loss is to contact the service provider (Airwave Solutions Ltd) and either ‘stun’ or ‘kill’ the radio, according to the circumstances of the loss.

No radio handsets have been disabled by the service provider because they were “broken”. Such a radio would have the hardware replaced by the manufacturer, and re-registered with its new identity by the service provider. The ‘International Short Subscriber Identity’ (ISSI) remains unchanged.

No radio handsets have been disabled by the service provider “for other reasons”.