The Transport Committee has announced that it is to conduct an inquiry into road traffic law enforcement.
Charged by the House of Commons, the role of the committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the DfT and its associated public bodies.
The objective of the inquiry is to scrutinise how effectively the Government’s policies to improve road safety, by tackling dangerous or careless driving, are being enforced.
The committee is asking for written submissions to help form the basis of the inquiry.
The committee is particularly interested in receiving submissions on the Government’s priorities and leadership role in improving road safety through traffic law enforcement.
The inquiry’s terms of reference also include examining the enforcement agencies’ capacity to enforce DfT policy on dangerous and careless driving, the impact of road traffic law enforcement on the safety of cyclists and pedestrians and the deployment of people and technology in enforcing road traffic policy.
It will also look at the introduction of fixed penalty notices for careless driving: how these powers are being used, and whether alternatives to penalties should be considered.
Sentencing for offences will not be covered in the inquiry as this falls under the remit of other Government departments.
The Transport Committee is asking to receive written submissions by Monday 12 October 2015.