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Police need to treat road crime as ‘real crime’ – voters urged to lobby Police and Crime Commissioners ahead of May 5 elections

Cycling UK has also written to regional candidates in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to gauge level of support for cycling

Jon Snow, the president of Cycling UK, has written to Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates asking them to support roads policing and reverse a decline in traffic police numbers. The Channel 4 news presenter has also written to Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh regional candidates, asking them if they will support cycling in their areas.

Cycling UK says that ten years ago, full-time equivalent traffic police officers accounted for five per cent of total officer numbers. After a 37 per cent reduction in numbers, they now account for 3.4 per cent.

PCCs set force budgets and decide the proportion allocated to roads policing. Snow has therefore asked candidates:

“If elected as PCC, will you commit to increase the amount allocated to roads policing within the force budget by at least 2% above inflation each year for the next four years, and by more if that is what is required to ensure that traffic police officer numbers within the force account for 5% of total officer numbers within four years?”

Answers can be found on Cycling UK’s Vote Bike 2016 results page. If your candidates have not responded, you can use the organisation’s Vote Bike online tool to email them to ask why.

Cycling UK has also written to regional representative candidates across the devolved nations.

In Wales, it is calling for Assembly Member candidates to support a call for funding of at least £10 per head as well as increased open access, while in Scotland, it is supporting the collaborative campaign of Walk Cycle Vote, which is seeking MSP candidate support for funding, infrastructure and safety. 

In Northern Ireland, the organisation is working with NI Greenways and Sustrans Northern Ireland and asking MLA candidates for annual cycling investment of between £10 and £25 per head of population as well as calling for a 600 mile plus greenway network making use of former railways. So far, 50 per cent of candidates have expressed support.

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Stumps | 8 years ago

With slashed budgets where are these extra officers coming from. Its the same with every department, if you add to one then another loses out. 

This bloke should be chasing the Home Office for more money rather than the PCC's.

Housecathst | 8 years ago
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"You know nothing John Snow"


hawkinspeter | 8 years ago

That Jon Snow doesn't even know if he's alive or dead!

We don't necessarily need more police on the streets, but they could make (better) use of the many traffic cameras to police the streets instead. Also make it easier for  people to submit video evidence.

tritecommentbot | 8 years ago

Road laws always puzzled me. So strict as to have strict liability in some areas for something that causes no harm, such as crossing a red light when there is no-one around for 10 miles in any direction.


Yet you can run over a cyclist and get a suspended sentence.



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