Department for Transport is to invest £100,000 in new police unit as part of string of measures to boost road safety
James Attwood, digital editor
22 November 2018

The Department for Transport (DfT) will invest £100,000 in setting up a new police unit to analyse dashcam footage and other video evidence submitted by the public.

The new unit is one of 50 measures announced as part of a two-year action plan to improve road safety being developed by the DfT. The study is primarily focused on making roads safer for vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians.

While no specifics have been given over how the submission of dash and helmet cam footage would work, the national back-office police unit analysing it will be modelled on a pilot scheme, named Operation Snap, that was run in Wales in 2016. 

The DfT proposals said that any footage submitted must be clear and accompanied by a witness statement to prevent spiteful allegations. It will likely be able to enforce dangerous and careless driving, along with offences such as jumping red lights or using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.

Other proposals contained within the DfT report include a review of the Highway Code, evaluation of the wider use of 20mph zones around schools, the creation of education programmes on safely passing cyclists and a review of parking laws, including a clampdown on parking in cycling lanes.

Read more

Budget 2018: what it means for motorists

Euro NCAP on the future of road safety

UK road accidents down 10% in past five years thanks to new tech

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Join the debate

Comments
13

22 November 2018

The amount of sh%t driving I see everyday I would need my own officer to processmy footage.  Mind you, the amount of money they would make in fines, self financing.  And unlike the speed camera it would actually punish bad driving.

22 November 2018

Had an idiot a few weeks ago who went to take up the same road space as me (except I was indicating, he was not).  I got all the honking, so I pulled over to let him 'win'.  Not content with that, he pulled in front of me, slammed his brakes on, and took up both lanes of the road to prevent me going anywhere.  He thought I would rise to the bait.  I didn't.  I simply sent the dashcam video to the police.  He got a visit and a warning that his driving has been noted in case there are future incidents. Just remember, before doing something childishly stupid, that lots of people now have dashcams.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

22 November 2018

I should add, my dashcams (three in all) record my driving all the time, too.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

22 November 2018

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

22 November 2018
lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

22 November 2018
Rodester wrote:

lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

And his ignorance.

22 November 2018
Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Rodester wrote:

lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

And his ignorance.

I thought riding alongside one another wasn't allowed, anyway dash cams can film cyclist committing many offences but the police can do nothing as cyles aren't registered. As for not using provided cycle lanes, thats as stupid as all the cyclists I see without lights at night.

I too have a dash cam and have caught lots of bad driving on camers, most is just people making mistakes, as I know I certainly do, Unless I record some blatantly deliberate aggressive and dangerous driving, I shant be forwarding it on.

FMS

22 November 2018
si73 wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Rodester wrote:

lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

And his ignorance.

I thought riding alongside one another wasn't allowed, anyway dash cams can film cyclist committing many offences but the police can do nothing as cyles aren't registered. As for not using provided cycle lanes, thats as stupid as all the cyclists I see without lights at night.

I too have a dash cam and have caught lots of bad driving on camers, most is just people making mistakes, as I know I certainly do, Unless I record some blatantly deliberate aggressive and dangerous driving, I shant be forwarding it on.

 

Nicely put, a voice of reason amongst many fly off the handle, though interestingly, annonymous posters

22 November 2018
FMS wrote:

si73 wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Rodester wrote:

lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

And his ignorance.

I thought riding alongside one another wasn't allowed, anyway dash cams can film cyclist committing many offences but the police can do nothing as cyles aren't registered. As for not using provided cycle lanes, thats as stupid as all the cyclists I see without lights at night.

I too have a dash cam and have caught lots of bad driving on camers, most is just people making mistakes, as I know I certainly do, Unless I record some blatantly deliberate aggressive and dangerous driving, I shant be forwarding it on.

 

Nicely put, a voice of reason amongst many fly off the handle, though interestingly, annonymous posters

Fly off the handle?  And FMS isn't annonymous?

Anyway, it's perfectly legal to ride two abreast, is often safer to do so and is generally recommended when there are groups of cyclists.  Riding three abreast isn't recommended by the highway code, but it's not a legal document.  Cyclists have a right to occupy their lane the same as a motorist.  A cyclist is under no obligation to use a cycle lane and if the poster was a cyclist they would understand it's often unsafe to use them.

23 November 2018
Rodester wrote:

FMS wrote:

si73 wrote:

Cheltenhamshire wrote:

Rodester wrote:

lamcote wrote:

Hopefully this will catch all the cyclists going through red lights, riding in the middle of the carriageway when there's actually a cycle lane, riding 2 or 3 abreast on country roads etc etc

Red light issue aside, which is stupid.  Those pesky, evil cyclists are perfectly entiled to do the rest.  Obviously much to your annoyance.

And his ignorance.

I thought riding alongside one another wasn't allowed, anyway dash cams can film cyclist committing many offences but the police can do nothing as cyles aren't registered. As for not using provided cycle lanes, thats as stupid as all the cyclists I see without lights at night.

I too have a dash cam and have caught lots of bad driving on camers, most is just people making mistakes, as I know I certainly do, Unless I record some blatantly deliberate aggressive and dangerous driving, I shant be forwarding it on.

 

Nicely put, a voice of reason amongst many fly off the handle, though interestingly, annonymous posters

Fly off the handle?  And FMS isn't annonymous?

Anyway, it's perfectly legal to ride two abreast, is often safer to do so and is generally recommended when there are groups of cyclists.  Riding three abreast isn't recommended by the highway code, but it's not a legal document.  Cyclists have a right to occupy their lane the same as a motorist.  A cyclist is under no obligation to use a cycle lane and if the poster was a cyclist they would understand it's often unsafe to use them.

This poster was a cyclist who used cycle lanes where available and always used lights and who always thought cyclng beside my mates was a no no. In my opinion there arent enough cycle paths and I hate being with traffic and as such can't understand those that ignor the cycle lanes I have used. 

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week