Another step towards UK roadside evidential breathalysers – £105,000 awarded to winners of MEBTI competition

Another step towards UK roadside evidential breathalysers – £105,000 awarded to winners of MEBTI competition

Stage 2 awards PACTS is pleased to announce that £105,000 has been awarded to two companies which have demonstrated significant progress towards producing a mobile evidential breath testing instrument, suitable for the police to use at the roadside in the UK. Lion Laboratories and MEDACX convinced the expert technical panel that they were likely to be able to submit instruments for full Home Office type approval in the near future, […]

Matthew Lugg OBE appointed Chair of PACTS Road Environment Working Party

Matthew Lugg OBE appointed Chair of PACTS Road Environment Working Party

Following an open selection process, Matthew Lugg OBE has agreed to take on the post of Chair of the PACTS Road Environment Working Party. Matthew is CIHT Past President and Head of Profession – Local Government at WSP. He will be supported in post by vice-chairs Martin Wiltshire, Assistant Manager – Traffic & Safety at Hampshire County Council, and Kate Fuller, Acting CEO at Road Safety Foundation. The unpaid appointment is initially for […]

Sentencing Council Consultation on Exceptional Hardship guidelines – PACTS response

Sentencing Council Consultation on Exceptional Hardship guidelines – PACTS response

PACTS has responded to the Sentencing Council’s consultation on changes to the Magistrates’ Court sentencing guidelines. The consultation proposed changes to the guidance on totting up disqualification and exceptional hardship. The changes are intended to offer clarity to judges on granting exceptional hardship. The proposed guidelines are as follows: New Exceptional Hardship Guidelines “When considering whether there are grounds to reduce or avoid a totting up disqualification the court should […]

PACTS and COVID-19. Still working!!

PACTS and COVID-19. Still working!!

PACTS office is now closed until further notice following government guidance on coronavirus and social distancing. Our staff continue to work hard on our important research and policy development from home and can be contacted at the following email addresses:   David Davies, Executive Director                           david.davies@pacts.org.uk Joanne Mackel, Office and Events Manager      joanne.mackel@pacts.org.uk Frank Norbury, Policy and Research Officer     frank.norbury@pacts.org.uk Evan Webster, Policy and Research Officer        evan.webster@pacts.org.uk You can still contact us by telephone if you wish on […]

PACTS launches new report: ‘Seat Belts: Time for Action’

PACTS launches new report: ‘Seat Belts: Time for Action’

Almost a third (31%) of the people who died in vehicles in Great Britain in 2018 were not wearing a seat belt, according to a report by PACTS, in association with Direct Line Group, published 13th of March 2020. Seat Belts: Time for Action uses data obtained from specialist Police Forensic Collision Investigators (PFCIs) by using the Freedom of Information Act. The analysis suggests that the number of fatalities could be […]