PACTS conference 22 March 2017

PACTS conference 22 March 2017

Collision investigation: how can we learn more?

Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm, Church House, Westminster

Book now  for 10% discounted early bird rate for the PACTS conference on road traffic investigation, sponsored by Highways England and supported by ORR, TRL, NPCC and other major stakeholders.

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Collision investigation – a growing issue

Collision investigation is rising up the policy agenda for a number of reasons, including:

  • Casualty reduction has stalled – we need to learn more;
  • Technical implications of autonomous vehicles for collision investigation;
  • The Transport Safety Commission’s recommendation for road accident investigation to apply lessons from rail, air and maritime;
  • The needs of TfL, Highways England and others to obtain more information, and more quickly, on serious collisions;
  • The safe system approach to road safety which places a greater responsibility on the providers of the road system, and less on blaming the individual road user, and
  • Changes to police procedures for investigating serious driving offences.

Road collision investigation in the UK is a complicated business, involving multiple agencies, companies and professionals performing specialist roles. These include the police, local authorities, specialist crash investigators, coroners, insurers, vehicle manufacturers and others. There are calls for a road collision investigation branch to be created, as exists for other transport modes and in other countries. PACTS believes that improvements are needed to improve learning in order to reduce road casualties. Expert speakers from public and private sectors will explain current developments and opportunities for change.

Conference themes

  • Overview of existing road collision investigation arrangements (police, coroners, local authorities, Highways England, insurers, in-depth research, etc);
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing arrangements;
  • Drivers of change, including CAV, Brexit, Transport Safety Commission report, demands from families of road victims for justice and cost pressures on police CIUs;
  • Recent developments, including changes to police investigation procedures, RAIDS2 research, new procedures from by Highways England and TfL;
  • Technical issues – autonomous vehicles, telematics, EDRs, data ownership;
  • Lessons from other sectors – air and rail accident investigation branches, H&S at work, and others;
  • Lessons from overseas transport accident investigation bodies ;
  • Potential for greater synergies and learning; evolution or structural change?
  • The case for a national road collision investigation body – and practical implications.

Speakers and panellists already confirmed

  • Professor Stephen Glaister CBE, Chair, Office of Rail and Road
  • Simon French, Chief Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch
  • Richard Cuerden, Chief Scientist, TRL
  • Kathrine Wilson-Ellis, Senior Strategic Programme Manager – Road Safety, Highways England
  • Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for road death investigation
  • Amy Aeron-Thomas, Advocacy and Justice Manager, RoadPeace
  • Peter Sippitt MBE, Chairman, Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators
  • Ian Yarnold, Head of International Vehicle Standards Division, Department for Transport
  • Peter Wells, Leader Accident Research Team, Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT) 

Further speakers to be announced.

Conference partners

The conference is sponsored by Highway England and RoadSafe. It is supported by TRL, the National Police Chiefs’ Council, ETSC, the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators, the Office of Rail and Road, and Road Safety GB. Further partners will be announced. If you would like to be involved as sponsor, partner or exhibitor, please contact PACTS.

PACTS is proud of the standard of conference that we run. For details on our previous conferences, please see:

Conference details

Date:                                           Wednesday 22 March

Registration:                             08.45

Conference starts:                   09.30

Conference closes:                   16.30

Location:                                   Church House, Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3AZ

Delegate fees (before early bird discount)

Standard delegate                   £269 + VAT = £298.80

Public sector/academic          £195 + VAT = £234.00

PACTS members                     £179 + VAT = £214.80

Additional delegates               £134 + VAT = £160.80

Book now  for 10% discounted early bird rate

For further information please contact  Joanne Mackel, PACTS Events Manager or David Davies, Executive Director






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