We've been notified of an opportunity to make a difference in the way roads are policed by responding to a current consultation.
This consultation asks for your views on the proposal by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) for a policing inspection programme in 2018/19. This comprises:
- national thematic inspections;
- joint inspections;
- integrated police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy (PEEL) assessments;
- inspections of other national law enforcement agencies;
- commissions from the Home Secretary, and police and crime commissioners and other local policing bodies; and
- HMICFRS work on super-complaints.
Consultation deadline: Monday February 19th 5pm.
We ask members to respond and request that effectiveness in roads policing be part of the evaluation of police forces, as recommended by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, especially with regard to the safety of vulnerable road users such as people walking and cycling. A sample response is provided below.
Subject: Response regarding HMICFRS' 2018/19 policing inspection programme and framework
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am writing to request that the issue of dangerous driving, especially motorist behaviour that endangers vulnerable road users, is put front and centre in HMI's reporting alongside other dangerous criminality.
The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) commissioned a TRL report in 2016 finding that British roads are much less safe for vulnerable road users such as people walking or cycling. There are significantly higher fatality rates for vulnerable road users than motorists, when compared to peer countries.
That is why I support the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's recommendation: to include roads policing in the 'Police Effectiveness, Efficiency, Legitimacy programme' used by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to evaluate police forces. This might help focus attention on roads policing amongst Police and Crime Commissioners and senior officers. In addition, Police and Crime Commissioners and police forces should include perception of the dangers of illegal road use as part of the way they measure local satisfaction with their services.