Government to launch ‘first-of-its-kind’ roads review

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Published on 16 July 2019 by Mike Waters

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that a “first-of-its-kind” joint review combining policing on the roads and traffic enforcement will launch later this year.

The two-year review, which will be funded by the DfT and Highways England and will also see the assistance of the Home Office and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, will combine these fields to “look at how roads policing currently works, its effectiveness, and where improvements could be made or gaps bridged”, a statement on the DfT website confirmed.

The DfT’s statement also confirmed that the review will study “how the police and different agencies work together, the information they share and how improvements may increase capability and capacity. It will also consider how best to police roads in rural and urban areas, and the strategic road network.”

Commenting, Road Safety Minister Michael Ellis MP said: “We have strong laws in place to ensure people are kept safe on our roads at all times. But roads policing is a key deterrent in stopping drivers breaking the law and risking their and other people’s lives. This review will not only highlight where police forces are doing good work, it will show what more can be done to improve road safety.”

A call for evidence will be made this autumn.

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