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Theft: Motor Vehicles

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions her Department has had on the potential of stolen vehicle slowdown technology to assist in stopping vehicles; and if she will make a statement. (256993)

The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) is currently undertaking a range of work to identify new means of stopping vehicles. Investigation of existing products has found no commercial off-the-shelf solution that would meet police needs. HOSDB is therefore now looking at different technologies that might be used. The objective is to provide the police with equipment that meets their needs, is safe, affordable and is proportionate to the safety threat posed by a vehicle that has refused to stop and is under police pursuit. We are aware too of the developing potential of remote vehicle slowdown and stopping technology and are keeping in touch with progress to ensure we are able to benefit from advances in this area.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on stolen vehicle slowdown technology to assist the police in stopping vehicles; and if she will make a statement. (256994)

The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) is currently undertaking a range of work to identify new means of stopping vehicles. Investigation of existing products has found no commercial off-the-shelf solution that would meet police needs. HOSDB is therefore now looking at different technologies that might be used. The objective is to provide the police with equipment that meets their needs, is safe, affordable and is proportionate to the safety threat posed by a vehicle that has refused to stop and is under police pursuit. We are aware too of the developing potential of remote vehicle slowdown and stopping technology and are keeping in touch with progress to ensure we are able to benefit from advances in this area.