MPs have raised their concerns over a drop in motoring offence investigations because of a lack of traffic police.
The Transport Select Committee has heard that the amount of specialist road traffic police has been halved over the last decade.
It had been previously suggested that a decline in motoring offences being investigated had been because of improved standards of driving however, this may well not be the case.
The number of motoring offences detected in England and Wales has dropped from 4.3 million in 2004 to 1.6 million in 2013. It should be noted that 2013 is the latest year from which figures have been made available.
The Transport Select Committee did note that the amount of deaths because of road traffic has “remained steady”, with 303 in 2004 and 311 in 2014. The Committee added the assumption that this figure would be accurate as road traffic incidents where a death occurs are always recorded by the police.
In a report by the Transport Select Committee, this data has been described as “significant” as the reduction of detected offences does not represent the amount of offences being committed by drivers.
Information considered by the committee showed that specialist road traffic police officers had reduced in numbers from 7,104 in 2005 to 4,356 in 2014.
The Committee also turned their minds to speed awareness courses and recommended that their effectiveness in offences reduction should be further examined in isolation.
Committee chairwoman Louise Ellman said: “The fall in overall road offences does not reflect an improvement in driving.
“The Department for Transport says education, engineering and enforcement are key to road safety. One cannot exist without the other.
“The committee recommends research to determine whether the use of diversionary education courses for poor driving has produced the required deterrent effect.”
She added: “If enforcement of road traffic laws is to be effective, the decline in specialist roads policing officers must be halted.”
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