Monday, 2 July 2018
Cycling UK is supporting the launch today (Monday, July 2) of a new nationwide platform that allows footage of dangerous driving to be uploaded directly to police forces across the UK.
The National Dash Cam Safety Portal, set up by dash camera manufacturer Nextbase, provides a single point for cyclists and drivers to report serious road incidents captured on dash, bike and helmet cams.
Previously, incidents had to be reported to individual forces, with the process lacking a uniform procedure as all 39 English constabularies currently use different means of accepting and logging video.
The portal builds on the success of Operation Snap in Wales, which created a similar online portal initially in North Wales but which was later rolled out to the rest of Wales.
Given that reduction in resources, it’s crucial that efficient and standardised online reporting systems are introduced to facilitate the submission of dash, bike and helmet-cam footage of irresponsible road use.
Public cuts have led to road police numbers plummeting in recent years by nearly 50%, whilst casualties have increased among all road users.
Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns
Cycling UK’s Head of Campaigns and Advocacy, Duncan Dollimore, said: “Public cuts have led to road police numbers plummeting in recent years by nearly 50%, whilst casualties have increased among all road users.
“Our police cannot be everywhere at once, but with Nextbase’s portal we have the next best thing – a one-stop shop for the collation of evidence our forces can rely upon. It can only lead to safer roads for everyone.”
The development of the portal has also been welcomed by the road safety charity, BRAKE.
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at BRAKE, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which couldn’t be more timely.
“The increasing popularity of dash cams is a huge positive for road safety. However, with more drivers than ever seeking to report illegal behaviour the burden on the police has increased.
“This portal is an elegant solution which enables the police to process this vital data without wasting their scarce resources. We fully support this initiative and urge its swift adoption across the UK.”