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New Inquiry: Traffic Law and its Enforcement

The Transport Committee has decided to investigate traffic law and its enforcement. In 2001 40,560 people were killed or seriously injured on Britain€™s roads. On 20 June 2003 the Secretary of State for Transport announced €œresponsibility for a number of tasks associated with the management of the strategic road network should be transferred from the police to the Highways Agency€.

The Transport Committee inquiry is not confined to this transfer, although it will be part of the investigation. Key questions are:

€ Is the law on traffic offences appropriate?

€ Do police and other enforcement agencies have the right priorities?

€ Is sufficient priority given to the needs of pedestrians and cyclists?

€ Could more be done to deal with dangerous drivers before they cause harm?

€ What impact do uninsured, unlicensed, and banned drivers have on traffic enforcement?

€ How will changes in responsibilities, such those announced on 20 June, affect road safety and effective law and enforcement?

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Monday 6 October 2003. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length with numbered paragraphs or pages.

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII or Word formats) either by e-mail to (with the title of the inquiry in the subject heading) or on a disk accompanying the hard copy. Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible.

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice 29/2002-03 15 July 2003

Eve Samson, Clerk

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