New on-the-spot penalties for careless driving are unenforceable with the current numbers of traffic officers, the Police Federation has warned (Telegraph).
According to the Telegraph, the Police Federation says the DfT had failed to take account of Home Office cuts to the policing budget.
Steve White, vice-chairman of the Police Federation, said: “It’s all very well for the DfT to come up with these new ideas when the Home Office are at the same time cutting the number of police around the country, which means a fall in the number of traffic police.
“The levels of fatalities are increasing on the roads while the number of police officers is at its lowest per 100,000 of population since the 1970s.
“The rules are a useful tool but if you haven’t got the officers to give out the tickets, it’s not going to make a difference.
“The DfT and the Home Office need to talk to each other.”