Parliamentary Advisory Council calls for more road police funding

Published 05 June 2020

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) says that the Government should increase road police numbers in order to reduce fatal and serious injury collisions - starting with additional funding for more transport officers.

Around 1800 people die on UK roads each year with more than 25,000 people seriously injured. According to a report by PACTS, since 2010, the long-term decline in the number of road deaths and serious injuries has largely ceased. It is widely suggested that this is at least partly due to reductions in roads policing.

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The recently released PACTS report, in partnership with GEM Motoring Assist Road Safety Trust, notes that over the past decade, the number of dedicated roads policing officers has decreased substantially. In this time, motoring offences detected have also decreased - steeply for things offences like failure to wear a seat belt. Only for speeding, where enforcement has largely been automated, has there been an increase.

Major studies also show strong international evidence that road traffic enforcement has a significant impact on levels of compliance and collisions. PACTS recommends that the Government, particularly the Home Office, explicitly recognises the scale of death and injury that results from road traffic offences and the vital role of roads policing in combatting it.

In a 2018 survey, UK drivers were asked how likely they were to be checked by the police for certain offences. 88 per cent of drivers believe they are unlikely to be checked by the police for using a  mobile phone, while 3 of four drivers believe they're unlikely to be checked by the police for respecting the speed limits.

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During the first three weeks of the COVID-19 lockdown a driver was caught doing 81mph over the speed limit on the M62 motorway (151mph). This was 11mph faster than the next fastest recorded driver - which was 140mph on the A14.

As a start, PACTS asks that the Government's pledge to fund 20,000 additional police officers be specified to include roads policing. In addition, the Home Secretary should prioritise roads policing in the Strategic Policing Requirement.

Other recommendations include a greater use of technology and the support and participation of the public should be encouraged.

PACTS Executive Director David Davies said, "The coronavirus lockdown has highlighted the importance of roads policing, with traffic speeds increasing on empty roads and worrying incidences of extreme speeding."


Engineer Andy    on 6 June 2020

I know - take the money from Thought policing the Interweb and virtue-signalling PR campaigns (which achieve nothing useful) and spend it on REAL police.

Edited by Engineer Andy on 08/06/2020 at 09:35

gavsmit    on 9 June 2020

An over-reliance on automated road policing (speed cameras, bus lane cameras, Smart cars parked up and filming people, stationary police cars checking DVLA and insurance records from number plates) doesn't work for the worst road offenders / criminals as they are using cloned number plates so are immune from prosecution.

On the rare occasion I drive on motorways like the M25, I'm amazed how often a car will charge through the speed camera strewn sections, weaving in and out of lanes to undertake / overtake people, well over the speed limit that everyone else is forced to abide by. Then you realise this nutter that's putting everyone's life in danger is probably using a cloned number plate - it doesn't take much effort to find one from a similar make / model / colour to trick stationary police checks into thinking nothing is suspicious.

So yes, more conventional policing is required urgently on the roads - that is if the already stretched public funds can afford them after all the policing and other costs of destructive protests (and selective media broadcasting) whipping up hatred, spreading Covid-19 and totally destroying police morale.

VINCENT MILLARD    on 9 June 2020

Thinking about the Nutter on the M25! The Driver probably doesn't have a Licence either. Also it's about time to Change the Plain Clothed Cars as they are too easy to spot these days! They need these Cars to be anonymous not Flash BMW's but unamusing Ford Focus' with RS gear. But the Electronics do have a role to play, to let the Police track Crims, once the onboard Camera has the Licence plate fixed then the Fixed Cameras can Locate and track. It doesn't matter if the plate is cloned, they track that plate on that Vehicle.

Also if we all had Trackers in our Precious Cars, more could be picked up by the Electronics and recovered before they get damaged.

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