Review of criminal justice
arrangements for collisions involving
cyclists
Andy Gill
Transport for London,
Community Safety, Enforcement and Policing
Improving the
post-crash response in London
Wednesday, 22 September, 2010
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Agenda
 Mayors Transport Strategy
 Cycling collisions in London
 Project aims
 Logistics of delivery
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Mayors Transport Strategy
 5% modal share by 2026 (400% increase from
2000)
 Personal safety and security as barriers
 A Safe Journey
 Mayor’s Cycle Security Plan
 Mayor’s Cycle Safety Action Plan
 Substantial increase in cyclists,
comparatively small increase in cycling
casualties
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 Relative risk of cycling per trip is actually
falling and cycling is getting safer
Cycle Collisions in London
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Cycle Collisions in London
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TfL and Cycle Safety Action Plan
– 9 key areas for action
 Safer Infrastructure
 Training & information
 Communication
 Enforcement
 Regulation
 Technology
 Commercial driving & working practices
 Research & monitoring
 Partnership working
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Enforcement Priorities
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 3.4.1: The MPS and other partners will put a renewed emphasis
on reducing KSIs on London’s roads. The MPS, with Traffic
Operational Command Unit (OCU) taking the lead, will undertake
targeted enforcement against careless and dangerous road user
behaviour.
 3.4.2: Work with London Criminal Justice Board to review KSI
collisions with a view to strengthening criminal justice
arrangements for dealing with such cases.
 3.4.3: The Commercial Vehicle Unit (CVU) will undertake
roadside stops and company visits to ensure goods vehicles are
compliant with safety legislation and to raise safety standards.
The CVU will refer operators to join FORS where appropriate and
use powers delegated from Health & Safety Executive to improve
the management of occupational road risk when driving at work.
They will also continue to undertake enforcement activity and
work with partners on initiatives such as the ‘Exchanging Places’
events to improve safety on London’s roads.
Project Aim
 Address the Enforcement Priority:
Work with the London Criminal Justice Board to
review KSI collisions with a view to strengthening
criminal justice arrangements for dealing with such
cases
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Project Partners
 London Criminal Justice Partnership and TfL are
the lead agencies, with support from the key
partners:
 Metropolitan Police (Traffic OCU, Traffic Criminal
Justice OCU, Safer Transport Command)
 City of London Police (Roads Policing Unit)
 London Criminal Justice Board
 Crown Prosecution Service
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Project Objectives
 Review & test agency processes around cycle
collisions &, in doing so, identify any issues & make
recommendations for improvement while also noting
areas of strength:
 scrutinise criminal justice (CJ) agency current
policies & processes relating to the management &
handling of criminal cases involving pedal cyclists
that have resulted in a fatality or serious injury.
 assess compliance by the CJ agencies in relation
to policies and processes
 identify strengths & weaknesses & make
recommendations for improvements
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Logistics of delivery - how
 Research, collation and analysis of information to
build up a comprehensive picture of the course cycle
collisions take through the criminal justice system
 Review & test agency processes regarding cycle
collisions (fatal & serious)
 Review all completed fatal cycle collisions cases & a
sample of serious injury cases
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Logistics of delivery - how
 Roles played by victim & witness support agencies
/ services provided
 Review 2008 HMCPSI report “thematic review of
CPS decision-making, conduct and prosecution of
cases arising from road traffic offences involving
fatalities” & progress against recommendations
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Logistics of delivery - how
 Project steering group:
 Meet regularly
 Agreed terms of reference
 Support & assist access to information
 Ultimately sign off final report for wider
circulation
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Logistics of delivery - when
 Review processes & assessing cases against them
between August – October
 Preparing draft report for December
 Intention to make available early 2011
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Thank you
Questions?
Andy Gill
[email protected]
Mayor’s Cycle Safety Action Plan
www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15480.aspx
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Review of criminal justice arrangements for collisions