Roads Update

Department for Transport written statement – made at on 29 June 2022.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps The Secretary of State for Transport

I wish to inform the House that my Department has today published its response to the Government consultation on establishing a Road Collision Investigation Branch.

This government is committed to improving road safety and reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads each year. I am pleased to announce that the Government intends to bring forward new measures to enable the creation of the Branch which, following discussions with stakeholders will be named the Road Safety Investigation Branch.

This independent, safety-focused Branch will learn the lessons from road collisions and other incidents including those involving self-driving vehicles, by carrying out independent investigations and making recommendations to prevent future incidents, make our roads even safer and save lives across the country. The Branch will also provide vital insight into safety trends related to new and evolving technologies, which will help ensure road safety policy keeps pace with new developments.

We expect to include measures to enable creation of the Branch in the forthcoming Transport Bill.