Police pursuits of suspect vehicles:Written statement - HCWS706

Home Office
Made on: 22 May 2018
Made by: Mr Nick Hurd (Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service)

Police pursuits of suspect vehicles

I announced in September 2017 that the Home Office would lead a review of the legislation, guidance and practice surrounding the police’s pursuits of suspect vehicles. As I said in September, this Government is determined to get ahead of and tackle emerging threats like motorcycle-related crimes, including those involving mopeds and scooters. People must be able to go about their daily lives without fear of harassment or attack and criminals must not think they can get away with a crime by riding or driving in a certain way or on a certain type of vehicle.

I am today publishing the review’s findings for public consultation. The findings will be available on Gov.uk and a copy will be placed in the House Library. The consultation sets out and seeks views on a number of proposals, including:

  • Judging whether a police officer’s driving is careless or dangerous against the standard of a careful and competent police driver of a similar level of training and skill, rather than any careful and competent driver, as now;
  • Requiring that specific driving tactics employed by the police are authorised appropriately and are both necessary and proportionate to the circumstances;
  • Making clear that the police are not responsible for the standard of driving of a suspect being pursued; and
  • Clarifying the various emergency service exemptions to traffic law to reduce the potential for confusion.

I have been clear from the outset that we must ensure that the end result of these changes enables the police to do their job effectively and keep us safe while ensuring that we continue to keep our roads among the safest in the world. It is important therefore that we seek the public’s views on these proposals, given their potential to affect all those who use our roads. I look forward to hearing the views of all those interested in the proposals before the consultation closes on 13th August.

This statement has also been made in the House of Lords: HLWS682

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