Cycling UK has signed a joint response to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC, England & Wales) consultation on their proposed 2017 / 2018 inspection programme.
Along with RoadPeace, British Cycling, Living Streets, London Cycling Campaign, Road Danger Reduction Forum, Sustrans and 20’s Plenty, we argue that:
- HMIC’s PEEL programme (Police Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Legitimacy) should be extended to include roads policing, with a thematic inspection of how the police prevent road traffic crime and anti-social driving, investigate crashes and support victims;
- The HMIC’s focus should not be restricted to ‘notifiable crimes’, but include those driving offences that pose a risk of harm to others;
- Victims of road crime should be included in The Crime Survey for England and Wales;
- HMIC should consider the extent to which the police collaborate with other agencies on setting and enforcing speed limits, given that some forces refuse to enforce 20 mph speed limits.
Of course, dealing with the aftermath of tragedy is only one part of your job. The priority is always to prevent it from happening in the first place.”
Roads Minister Andrew Jones MP, thanking the police for their enforcement work, National Roads Policing Conference, 26 January 2017.