News from Steve O'Connell: Police car crashes on the increase in London
Data shows three-year increase in number of collisions
The number of crashes involving police cars pursuing other vehicles and responding to 999 calls is on the increase in London, figures show.
There were 1,748 collisions involving police vehicles responding to emergency calls between April 2015 and April 2016 – 256 more crashes than in 2013/14.
In 2015/16 there were 498 collisions involving police cars pursuing other vehicles – an increase of 64 crashes on the previous year.
The information, obtained by Conservative London Assembly member Steve O’Connell in a written question to the Mayor of London, comes following a series of serious incidents involving police cars in the capital.
Assembly Member O’Connell believes the recent trend shows a need for the Met to reassess its protocols during high-speed pursuits and responses.
“The safety of both police officers and the general public has to be the highest priority during high-speed pursuits and responses.
“Clearly there is a need for police vehicles to drive at high speeds in emergency situations but it is a worrying trend to see an increase in the number of collisions and one that must be reversed.
“It is vitally important that police pursuits are conducted as safely as possible. I’ll be asking the Mayor to look closely at this increase and to assess ways in which the risks can be reduced for all involved.”