(a)    Applicable Rules. The rules of evidence applicable in all hearings for traffic infractions shall be the same as in civil cases, except to the extent inconsistent with these rules, and shall be liberally construed by the official hearing the case.

(b)    Recording of Hearing. Any party to a noncriminal traffic infraction may make a recording of the hearing. The provision and operation of the recording equipment shall be the responsibility of that party unless otherwise provided by the court, and shall be in a recording format acceptable to the clerk. A recording of the proceeding that is made by a party shall be delivered immediately after the hearing to the clerk, who shall secure and file it. A certified copy of such recording shall be furnished by the clerk and transcribed for an appeal if ordered by a party at that party’s expense. Transcription shall only be by an official court reporter at the requesting party’s expense.