Frontline inspection staff at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are being given bodycams to deter physical and verbal assaults.
The provision of the chest-mounted cameras, which are slightly larger than a credit card, will mean all DVSA staff will be able to record video and audio during roadside checks and site visits.
It brings DVSA in line with other enforcement bodies, such as the police, which has provided staff bodycams for a number of years in frontline work.
Says DVSA: “While 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.”