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Roads: Accidents

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department has issued on the procedure to be followed by (a) police forces in England and Wales and (b) prosecutors in England and Wales in seeking to obtain access to data stored on vehicle data recording devices when investigating the causes of road traffic collisions; and if he will make a statement. (253093)

The Department for Transport has issued no guidance concerning access to data stored in vehicle data recording devices whether for accident investigation or any other purpose.

The fitting and use of electronic data recorders was the subject of debate during the passage of the Road Safety Bill.

Calls for data recorders were not adopted into the Road Safety Bill. It was noted that the subject was under discussion in the international arena and Government believed that this was the most appropriate forum for discussions about this technology.