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Police: Roads

Volume 699: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many police officers are engaged in policing roads full time (not shared with tasked activities); and, of these, how many are (a) authorised examiners for the purposes of Section 67 of the Road Traffic Act 1988; (b) authorised examiners for the purpose of Section 69 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Mechanical Prohibition); (c) authorised persons for the purpose of Section 70 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Overload prohibition); (d) authorised persons for the purpose of Section 99A of the Transport Act 1968 (Power to prohibit driving of vehicle); and (e) adequately trained to investigate collisions.[HL2091]

The latest information relates to the position at 31 March 2007. At that time the number of full-time equivalent police officers whose main function was traffic was 6,412. The traffic function includes those who are predominantly employed in the policing of traffic and motorway-related duties. It does not include those engaged in other road policing activities. Information on the numbers of officers authorised or trained for the purposes referred to in the question is not collected centrally.