Title: Collision investigation - how can we learn more? (conference papers)
Organisation: Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety
Date uploaded: 13th April 2017
Date published/launched: March 2017
The conference, which took place on 22 March 2017, saw speakers outline the case for the Government to create a UK Road Collision Investigation Branch to boost efforts to reduce the number of road collisions and casualties.
The agenda included presentations from Richard Cuerden (TRL), Kathrine Wilson-Ellis (Highways England), assistant chief constable Steve Barry (National Police Chiefs’ Council), Ian Yarnold (DfT), Peter Wells (Volvo Group Trucks Technology) and Simon French (Rail Accident Investigation Branch).
Delegates heard that road collision investigation in the UK is a complex business involving multiple agencies, companies and professionals performing specialist roles – including the police, local authorities, specialist crash investigators, coroners, insurers and vehicle manufacturers.
The programme included an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of existing road collision investigation arrangements, and the ‘drivers of change’ – including CAV, Brexit, demands for justice from families of road victims, and the Transport Safety Commission’s recommendation for road accident investigation to apply lessons from rail, air and maritime.
Technical issues such as autonomous vehicles, telematics and data ownership were also explored, along with lessons that can be learned from other sectors – including air and rail accident investigation.
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