Road Justice Progress Update – March 2014
Bristol Cycling Campaign representatives have had two further meetings with the police, to which the Council have also been invited, and have visited the police’s Collisions Investigations Unit in Weston-super-Mare.
The police officers concerned have accepted that their practices and procedures need to be improved to deliver a consistently good service to cyclists who have been involved in collisions. They have put forward a number of measures, primarily involving training of police officers, to improve collision investigations.
There is further work the Campaign needs to do to ensure these changes are delivered. A major concern is that this overhaul of the service is taking place against a background of budget reductions, staff reorganisations and the introduction of new computer systems – all challenging circumstances. Even if improvements are agreed on paper, the BCyC expects to have to monitor the police response to incidents over a number of years and will be encouraging members to report on the service they receive.
The Chief Constable is also working on a response re adoption of the CTC Road Justice Campaign.