Police & Crime Commissioner Elections – May 2021

PCC Elections 2021: Act on Road Danger: A Manifesto for Change

A coalition of campaign groups have come together to develop a manifesto for the PCC Elections that are due to be held in May 2021. Our aims are to ensure that:

  • Local campaigners have the tools they need to raise tackling road danger as a priority with the PCC election candidates from all parties.
  • PCC candidates know what is required from roads policing to begin to give communities the safe roads that they need. A list of the PCC candidates and their contact details appears below.

We are calling on Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates to commit to:

  1. Make road danger reduction a priority
  2. Tackle speeding—the greatest threat
  3. Be transparent and accountable
  4. Work with your community
  5. Improve the post-crash response.

So please:

1. Download our Joint Road Danger PCC manifesto here

2. Use our quick checklist here

3. Press Release. The press release about the campaign and the manifesto launch can be downloaded here.

4. PCC Elections webinar

The PCC elections webinar was held on Thursday 21st January and was attended by more than 100 people!

A. A full recording of the session can be seen in the link below

B. All of the presentations that were made on the evening can be downloaded from this pdf

Below are all the groups working together on this. We are really grateful to all of them for all of their support.

Contacting Your PCC candidates

Information on current PCCs can be found here

Please find our list of PCC candidates for the 2021 elections and their contact details in the spreadsheet below. This is arranged by Police service area and is not complete but hopefully will help give you the means to contact some or all of your local candidates.

To download the whole spreadsheet click here

In due course, the full PCC candidate details are due to be listed on this website

Current Police and Crime Plans & Road Safety

With the PCC elections just a few months away Action Vison Zero, RoadPeace and 20’s Plenty for Us have reviewed how road safety is covered in current police and crime plans.  Our new report summarising our findings can be found here.

It was good to see that over 77% (33 of 43) police and crime plans included road safety as a priority. Most had road safety within a wider priority, e.g. communities, but it was a stand-alone priority in seven plans:

Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire included the most detail in how they were addressing road safety in their police and crime plans. And even those where road safety was not a stated priority, such as with the Metropolitan Police Service, there was much commitment to reducing road danger and increasing transparency.

This review should be seen as a pre-Covid baseline as to how road safety was treated. Times have changed, and not just due to Covid. We may seeing greater government commitment to road danger reduction, with the promotion of walking and cycling and the discouragement of private motor vehicle use. This is not only for the transport sector and should be reflected in the next set of police and crime plans.

Police can not deliver safety on their own, especially not on the roads. Roads account for the largest share of public space and communities can play a key role in helping police detect and sanction speeding and other unsafe driving.

The road danger reduction community has come together and agreed a joint PCC 2021 election manifesto to be launched in the New Year. This manifesto has been agreed with national walking and cycling charities, all committed to road danger reduction. We want the next set of police and crime plans to reflect our changed circumstances and commit to reducing road danger. Priority must go on the offences which pose harm to others, especially those more vulnerable.

If you would like more information about your area and how well your current police and crime plan addresses road safety, please contact: amy@actionvisionzero.org

AVZ follow-up to West Midlands Speeding roundtable – Useful sources, research and references. Download here

One Reply to “Police & Crime Commissioner Elections – May 2021”

  1. I am glad Hertfordshire has a plan for Road Safety but, it seems not to be working. Every day, when on my cycle, I am overtaken too fast, too closely, on completely blind bends, despite on coming vehicles, putting me, & from the reaction I get from most others, them also. Today I went out on a fairly short ride. I rode up the B1000 (Hertford rd.) going past St. John’s Primary School which has a 20 m.p.h. limit outside it. An hour later I returned past the School to find the road covered in broken car parts spread over 20 odd meters. Collisions are far too common on this stretch of road despite the 20 m.p.h. limit. Several times on this ride we were put in danger far too much danger. When running Cycle Training I am constantly concerned that some, by their actions, are putting the children’s lives at risk.
    Should I give up this Training and accept that it is too problematic for children to use the roads?

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