Police-style ‘bodycams’ are being rolled out for frontline DVSA staff conducting roadside checks and site visits, in a move the agency says is designed to reduce physical and verbal assaults on its employees.
The devices, which record video and audio, are only slightly larger than a credit card, and are usually worn on the chest.
DVSA said: “Whilst the majority of the people we come into contact with are courteous, we need to be able to protect the public without fear of violence or abuse.
“We take a zero-tolerance approach to physical and verbal assaults and the bodycams will act as a deterrent.
“They will also enable us to manage, support and respond to any assaults that take place.”