Conference will seek to identify ‘new ways to safe and compliant road use’

08.59 | 7 March 2018 | | 1 comment

A one-day conference taking place in London later this month will highlight how deterring illegal and dangerous behaviour is ‘vital to road safety’ – and how detecting one offence can deter others.

Organised by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS), ‘Street Legal’ is being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster, on 28 March.

The conference will showcase how the government, police, technology, insurance and road safety stakeholders can work together to reduce casualties, fraud and lost revenue.

The agenda comprises four sessions:

  • National policy, roads policing and links to insurance
  • Making the most of technology
  • New contexts for compliance policies
  • What works – velvet glove or iron fist?

Key themes to be addressed on the day include: speed, mobile phones, drink/drug driving and seat belts; roads policing; professional drivers’ hours; uninsured driving; and educational alternatives to fines.

Lilian Greenwood MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee, will deliver the first of two keynote speeches, providing a Westminster view on holding the Government to account.

The afternoon keynote address will be given by detective chief superintendent Paul Keasey, the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) lead for digital policing and chair of the National Roads Policing Intelligence Forum.

Highways England will be represented by Jamie Hassall, team leader, and Deirdre O’Reilly, head of social research and behaviour change, who will discuss ‘achieving customer compliance with safe and legal road use on the strategic road network’.

Other speakers on the agenda include: Ashton West, chief executive of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau; Dave Baldwin, head of insight at Thatcham Research; and Martin Surl, police and crime commissioner for Gloucestershire.

Click here for more information and/or to register to attend.


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    There is an old saying. ‘Look after the little things and the big things will look after themselves.’ In the police service one could say ‘stop em young before they get into real big trouble’

    If one tolerates the little things then when will they know when it gets to big. Never.

    One police officer I knew who every month reported and arrested more motorists for offences than anyone else would stop a car he had seen parked up several days earlier and with no tax. He would wait for it being driven to work or school and he would sometimes find a theft of tax or a fraud tax and on checking the vehicle would find other offences like dangerous parts or bad tyres or no insurance or Mot. etc. Usually one offence actually links to many others.

    Bob Craven
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