Safeguards for response drivers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2342
Question By: 
Steve O'Connell
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What assessment have you, MOPAC and the Metropolitan Police Service made of the suggestion that police officers acting as response drivers should be given the same protection in law as those conducting police pursuits?

Answer

Answer for Safeguards for response drivers

Answer for Safeguards for response drivers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At this time, no legal protection exists for pursuit (advanced) or response drivers. Police driving is held to the same legal standards as all UK drivers i.e. was the driving 'Careless' or 'Dangerous'.

Until Parliament clarifies the proposals and passes legislation the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) cannot assess the impact to the public or police.

The MPS refers cases involving its police drivers to the National Pursuits Steering group if there are any concerns an offence may have been committed. This group has in the past provided the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with advice on whether a police driver should be prosecuted or not.