Exmination of Witnesses (Questions 100-106)|
WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY 2002
100. But whose job should it be to develop it?
(Mr Dawson) The European new car assessment programme
is a non-governmental organisation which is basically governments
and motoring organisations and other groups working together.
101. Should it be applicable to urban roads
as well as inter urban roads?
(Mr Dawson) It should be in due course, yes.
102. Do either of your associations remove support
from people found guilty of irresponsible driving?
(Mr Dawson) I am not aware that in recent years we
have removed membership from people.
(Mr Delaney) I cannot answer for the RAC motoring
103. I just want to raise the issue of 30 mph
repeater signs. The chief constable for North Wales said that
a change was desirable but he was not sure by what route. Can
you give your organisations' views on the subject?
(Mr Howard) We have to say that the average driver
is confused sometimes by why there is a limit and sometimes by
what it is, and to be able to have 30 mph repeater signs on roads
would help clarify the situation and should be a step on the way
104. We have covered the area of community residences
and big residential areas and keeping the speed down there. How
would you propose to reduce the speed on rural roads where it
is not just pedestrians but horses and bicycles as well?
(Mr King) I think from our point of view this is where
speed cameras should be targeted in the right areas
105. Rural roads?
(Mr King) Absolutely. The most dangerous roads and
accident black spots and traffic lights in particular in rural
villages where people jump the lights. They should be concentrated
there but also not to the detriment of getting rid of traffic
police. There has been a trend, over the last two years, as the
number of cameras has increased the number of core traffic police
has decreased. A camera in a rural area might catch somebody speeding
but not necessarily someone drink driving, drug driving or tailgating
so we do have a concern over traffic policing. There is a role
for cameras but cameras are only one part of enforcement.
106. So we concentrate not in urban areas but
in rural areas.
(Mr Dawson) I think it is back to risk. The targeting
should be where the risks are the highest and that is where the
engineering should be targeted too.
Chairman: Gentlemen, you have been very helpful.
We shall read your evidence very carefully indeed. Thank you very