STATS19 records are road traffic collision data, recorded mainly by the police, and now increasingly by the public through online self-reporting. They are popularly known as STATS19, after the code number of the collection form.
PACTS welcomes the review and supports 4 of the 6 proposals to revise or improve the details collected:
- collecting information on seat belt and helmet wearing in slight injury collisions;
- continuing to collect information on journey purpose and aligning it with National Travel Survey;
- adding a category of “powered personal transporter device” to the vehicle list – to record e-scooters etc;
- rationalising the contributory factors collected and grouping them under the five Safe System pillars;
PACTS disagrees with DfT’s proposal that the scope of STATS19 remain unchanged as initial judgement of the officer at the scene. PACTS believes it is more important to improve the accuracy and completeness of the STATS19 database by allowing the police forensic collision teams to add or or correct key data on fatal collisions for seat belt wearing, alcohol and drugs, speed etc.
On the questions of whether ethnicity should remain out of the scope of STATS19, PACTS believes there are pros and cons and calls for more research on this.
The full PACTS response is here: STATS19 Review – PACTS submission
The DfT’s STATS19 Review consultation document is here: STATS19 review: 2018 review (publishing.service.gov.uk)