Post-crash investigations

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1405
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Thank you for the answer to my question 2014/0667. I was aware of the system you describe, but as that is clearly failing to produce all the much needed changes to make our road network safer, would a more integrated post-crash investigation which teamed up the Met Police and the highways authority be a better solution? Will you ask the Met Police and Transport for London to trial this idea on TfL roads?

Answer

Answer for Post-crash investigations

Answer for Post-crash investigations

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is important that the Met Police Collision Investigation Unit is independent and is seen to be independent from TfL and other highways authorities. Other agencies cannot be involved in inquiries as there could be occasions when their actions or policies may form part of that investigation. This independence reassures the public that the police can investigate and, if necessary, prosecute without influence or favour.

However, for planning and road death prevention purposes, there are already formal arrangements through Traffic Management Officers, who liaise with relevant highways agencies and collaborate on ways to reduce collisions.