HC Deb 01 July 2003 vol 408 c254W
Dr. Julian Lewis

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to the police on their role in(a) education about and (b) enforcement of standards of road use. [R] [121492]

Ms Blears

The National Policing Plan indicates that all police forces and authorities should include in their local policing plans targeted and intelligence led strategies for reducing deaths and injuries on the roads and achieving a safe environment for all road users.

The police are also involved in various localised road safety educational initiatives across the country. The Department for Transport (DfT), which is primarily responsible for road safety education, makes available to police forces its campaigns calendar so that they are aware of the timing of national advertising and can co-ordinate their own activities accordingly. DfT also makes available to the police a range of materials for use in educational initiatives on road safety.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has recently published a road policing manifesto (available at www.acpo.police.uk) with four key aims of enforcing the law, promoting road safety, investigating incidents and patrolling the roads.