Police Federation comment re on-the-spot fines for poor lane discipline and tailgating

16 August 2013

Responding to the introduction of on-the-spot fines for poor lane discipline and tailgating, Steve White, Vice Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said:

“We are broadly supportive of this and welcome any new measures that seek to improve public safety and inhibits people from breaking the law.  In theory this is a positive initiative, in practice this will wholly rely on having an adequately resourced police service to enforce.    Officer numbers are at an all-time low, the number of traffic officers alone has reduced from 7,000 to approximately 3,500.

“Going forward, it is essential that government departments  work together to ensure that there is a joined up approach to tackling crime, in order to determine what is achievable with the resources we have.”