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, […]

Sentencing Council Consultation Response:  Exceptional Hardship

Sentencing Council Consultation Response: Exceptional Hardship

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 […]

Smart motorway – safety measures needed but with extra funds

Smart motorway – safety measures needed but with extra funds

PACTS has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Grant Shapps, urging improved safety on smart motorways. PACTS insists that these measures must be funded by additional government grant, or from Highways England’s major schemes budget, and not from its road safety budgets which are needed for other works on the network. Read the PACTS letter here: Grants Shapps – ALR 27Jan2020 And the minister’s response here: Smart Mways […]