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Future of Transport Regulatory Review Call for Evidence – PACTS response

Future of Transport Regulatory Review Call for Evidence – PACTS response

PACTS has responded to the micromobility questions in the Government’s Future of Transport Regulatory Review Call for Evidence. PACTS response 03July2020 PACTS Executive Director, David Davies, said, “This is a well-presented and valuable consultation exercise. We have responded on safety aspects of micromobility where we have significant concerns, particularly for the safety of pedestrians and the impacts on active travel. It is disappointing that the Government decided to go ahead with  e-scooter trials, apparently […]

Fatal Train Accidents in Britain and Europe 2019

Fatal Train Accidents in Britain and Europe 2019

Professor Andrew Evans has produced his 2019 statistical analyses of train accidents in Europe and Great Britain. A summary of each  and links to the full reports are below. Great Britain summary: This paper updates the author’s previous statistical analyses of fatal train accidents on running lines of the national railway system of Great Britain to the end of 2019, based on fatal accident data over the 53-year period 1967 […]

‘Roads policing and its contribution to road safety’ – report from PACTS

‘Roads policing and its contribution to road safety’ – report from PACTS

Some 1,800 people die on UK roads each year – more than twice the number of deaths from homicides and terrorism combined. A further 25,000+ people are seriously injured. Many of these casualties result from a failure to comply with traffic laws – knowingly or otherwise. Around two-thirds of collisions involve excessive speed, a driver over the legal alcohol limit, failure to wear a seat belt, or a combination of […]

e-scooters: Cool but where are the benefits?

e-scooters: Cool but where are the benefits?

PACTS has responded to the Department for Transport’s consultation on e-scooter trials and to the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into e-scooters. PACTS points to the growing evidence of the health and safety disbenefits of e-scooters and their questionable environmental credentials. Use of e-scooters is currently illegal on public roads in the UK. PACTS believes that trials, despite the restrictions proposed, will be seen as a green light to general, unregulated use by the public. This will place the […]

Law Commission publishes analysis of consultation paper on Highly Automated Road Passenger Services (HARPS)

Law Commission publishes analysis of consultation paper on Highly Automated Road Passenger Services (HARPS)

The Law Commissions’ automated vehicles team have shared the results from the second consultation on passenger services and public transport. People’s responses cover some of the new challenges and opportunities arising from HARPS (Highly Automated Road Passenger Services) like creating safety standards and remote supervision of this new service. Prominent themes include the need to balance national and local governance, the importance of access to data, and to support rather […]