The Transport Safety Commission

About the Commission

Commission Co-chairs

Peter Bottomley internet image

Sir Peter Bottomley – Member of Parliament for Worthing West (Conservative)

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Professor Stephen Glaister CBE – Director RAC Foundation

Commission Members

       
Sir Peter Bottomley MP Member of Parliament for Worthing West (Conservative) House of Commons Co-Chair
Professor Stephen Glaister CBE Director RAC Foundation Co-Chair
John Abbott Director of National Programmes Rail Safety & Standards Board (RSSB)
Professor Richard Allsop OBE Emeritus Professor Transport Studies University College London (UCL)
Jeanne Breen OBE Principal Jeanne Breen Consulting  (resigned 19/03/15)
Nicola Christie Director of the Centre for Transport Studies University College London (UCL)
Kate Carpenter Divisional Director (Traffic and Safety) Jacobs /The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
Suzette Davenport Chief Constable Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
Dr Rob Hunter Head of Flight Safety British Air-Line Pilots Association (BALPA)
Dr Julian Huppert MP Member of Parliament for Cambridge (Liberal Democrat) House of Commons
Professor Mike Kelly Director of the Centre for Public Health National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Keith Conradi Chief Investigator Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)
Dr David Pencheon Director Sustainable Development Unit, NHS England and Public Health England
Barry Sheerman MP Member of Parliament for Huddersfield (Labour/Co-operative) House of Commons
Jason Torrance Policy Director Sustrans
Ben Johnson Senior Delivery Planning Manager, Road Safety Transport for London (TfL)

The Commission

The role of the Transport Safety Commission is to inquire into transport safety matters in order to assist with the development of policies that will reduce risk and bring about continued reduction in transport-related casualties. The Commission is an independent body with 16 members drawn from the UK Parliament and from the air, rail and road safety professions and related sectors. It is co-chaired by Sir Peter Bottomley MP and Professor Stephen Glaister. The inquiry had been made possible by generous donations from the Safer Roads Foundation and the Rees Jeffrey’s Road Fund. PACTS provides the secretariat.

Background to the Commission

In October 2008, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee called for the establishment of ‘an authoritative and independent road safety commission’ [Report HC 460, para 132]. The Government did not take up the recommendation. PACTS is pleased to do now so.

Announcing the establishment of the Transport Safety Commission in March 2013  (here), Barry Sheerman MP, Chairman and founding member of PACTS, said: “I am delighted to announce that PACTS will be launching a Transport Safety Commission. This will be a high level body with MPs, Peers and independent experts. The commission model has worked very successfully in other areas of public policy and I am confident that it will be equally successful for transport safety. Establishing a Commission is a move that PACTS has been considering for some time.”

The Commission is an independent body. PACTS provides the secretariat.

Further information

For further information contact:

David Davies, Executive Director, david.davies@pacts.org.uk, PACTS 020 7222 7732

 

UK Transport Safety Inquiry

UK Transport Safety: Who is Responsible?

The Inquiry

The Commission inquired into the legal framework and institutional responsibilities for transport safety (road, rail and aviation). The aim was  to compare and contrast the different responsibilities and accountabilities for transport safety with reference to identified international good practice, to highlight strengths and weaknesses of current approaches and determine whether or not lessons can be identified and transferable from one mode to another. The inquiry is now concluded and the Commission is grateful to all who contributed.

The report is available to download here.

Programme

Inquiry Timetable

Oral Evidence Sessions – now concluded:

Ev Session 1:             10th April 2014, 1-3pm
Topic:           Public Health
Witnesses:

  • Professor Danny Dorling MSc PhD, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
  • Dr Yvonne Doyle MD MPH, Regional Director, London, Public Health England
  • Professor Jo Wolff BA MPhil, Dean (Faculty of Arts and Humanities), University College London

Location:      The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House,

A transcript of the Public Health Evidence Session is available here.

 

Ev Session 2:              15th May 2014, 1-3pm

Topic:            Government Officials
Witnesses:

  • Jessica Matthew, Deputy Director, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, DfT
  • Iain Greenway, Director of Road Safety and Vehicle Registration Division, DOENI
  • Len Porter, Former Director, RSSB. (A letter from Len Porter

Location:       The Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

 

Ev Session 3:              5th June 2014, 1-3pm
Topic:            Transport Users
Witnesses:

  • Roger Geffen, Campaigns and Policy Director, CTC
  • Kevin Golding-Williams, Public Affairs and Policy Manager, Living Streets
  • Neil Grieg, Director of Policy and Research, The IAM
  • Craig Carey-Clinch, Public Affairs Officer, Motorcycle Industry Organisation
  • Jack Semple, Director of Policy, The Road Haulage Association
  • James Hookham, Managing Director- Research and Policy, Freight Transport Association.

Location:       The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

A transcript of the Transport Users Evidence Session is available here.

 

Ev Session 4:              3rd July 2014, 1-3pm
Topic:            Transport Providers
Witnesses:

Panel 1- Government Officials (1-2 pm) Held in Private: 

  • Claire Bennett, Deputy Director Transport – Policy, Planning & Partnerships, Department for Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Government
  • Jill Mulholland, Head of Transport Accessibility and Road Safety Branch, Transport Policy Directorate, Transport Scotland

Panel 2- Transport Safety Specialists (2-3 pm) Held in Public:

  • Honor Byford, Chair, Road Safety GB
  • John Cartledge, Independent
  • John Elliott, Vice Chair, National Transport Committee, Local Government Technical Advisers Group.

Location:       The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

A transcript of the Transport Safety Specialists evidence session is available here.

 

Ev Session 5:        17th September 2014, 1-3.30pm
Topic: Media/Digital Democracy, EC and Vehicle Safety and Accident and Investigation
Witnesses:

Panel 1- Media/Digital Democracy

  • Christian Wolmar, Transport Writer and Broadcaster
  • Jonathan Raper, Managing Director, Transport API (unable to attend)

Panel 2- EC and Vehicle Safety

  • Ellen Townsend, Policy Director, ETSC
  • Richard Cuerden, Technical Director for Vehicle Safety, Engineering and Assurance, TRL

Panel 3- Accident Investigation

  • Alex Luck, Chair, Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators
  • ACC Sean White, Cleveland Police
  • Carolyn Griffiths, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents, RAIB

Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

A transcript of the Media/Digital Democracy, EC and Vehicle Safety and Accident and Investigation session is available here.

 

Ev Session 6:      23rd October 2014, 12.30-2.30pm
Topics:  Highways Bodies; Medical; Policing and Justice Policy

Panel 1- Highways Bodies

  • Graham Dalton, Chief Executive, Highways Agency
  • Mike Ashworth, Strategic Director, Derbyshire County Council / ADEPT Transport Board
  • John Dawson, Advisor, Road Safety Foundation
  • Anthony Smith, Chief Executive and Robert Gifford, Passenger Focus

Panel 2- Medical and Justice Policy

  • Dr David Tovey, Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library, Cochrane Injuries Group
  • Professor Tim Coats, Chairman, Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN)
  • Martin Jones, Deputy Director Sentencing, Criminal Justice Group, Ministry of Justice

(NB: Panels 2 and 3 now combined as Home Office witness not available.)

Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

A transcript of the Highways Bodies; Medical; Policing and Justice Policy session is available here.

Ev Session 7:         Thursday 20th November 2014, 1pm-3pm
Location: Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, Westminster

Topics: Transport safety regulation, transport safety policy and practice

Witnesses:

Panel 1- Safety Regulators and Policing Policy (1-2 pm): 

  • David Jamieson, West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner
  • Kevin Myers, Acting Chief Executive, Health & Safety Executive
  • Ian Prosser, Director for Railway Safety, Office of Rail Regulation
  • Mark Swan, Director of Safety & Airspace Regulation Group, Civil Aviation Authority

Panel 2- Road Safety Minister (2-3 pm): 

  • Robert Goodwill MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport

A transcript of the Transport safety regulation, transport safety policy and practice session is available here.

Evidence