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Fed tells peers road officer powers aren't tough enough

Frontline leaders have stepped up pressure on the government to improve protection for traffic teams.

The Police Federation has lobbied Westminster politicians in a bid to toughen legislation so traffic officers are better protected.

The Fed’s Parliamentary Subcommittee met with former Met chief Lord Hogan-Howe, former Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Bach and ex-minister Lord Coaker at New Scotland Yard to press for amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to support officers.

The Fed wants the new legal test for police drivers to be more carefully worded in law so that traffic officers are not left open to legal proceedings after an incident.

A new legal test will be applied meaning their driving will be measured against that of a ‘careful and competent police driver’- but this could still leave officers exposed.

A Fed spokesman said: “We are pushing the government to consider adding a reasonableness defence clause to the bill to give officers flexibility to act instinctively to keep the public safe.

“This would take into account what officers believe they are responding to and the threat that is posed. Training cannot account for all situations and officers need to be able to act to keep the public safe.

They added: “Members caught up in disciplinary matters in the future are also closer to being treated more fairly by the system.”

The move is the latest stage in a strategy that will include raising concerns directly with policing minister Kit Malthouse at the Fed’s Roads Policing Conference which will be held online at the end of the month.

The Fed also wants the controversial bill, which also covers public protest and the Covenant, to give officers the power to ask drivers to leave their vehicles. The move is in response to one in four officers being in situations where vehicles were used as weapons during the past year.

The tabled amendments will now be taken forward to the committee stage and will be discussed in detail by the House of Lords.

The Fed hopes Mr Malthouse will use the roads conference to confirm his support for the changes to the Bill.

Fed Parliamentary Sub-committee Secretary Tiff Lynch, said: “It will now move into the committee stage, and I am really grateful to those peers in the House of Lords to be showing us so much support for our amendments. We will continue pushing towards a change in legislation which will support and protect our members.”

PFEW Pursuits and Driver Training Lead Tim Rogers added: “It is exceptional news that peers understand the amendments we have tabled and what is required.

“They have agreed they are an essential aspect of making the bill fit for purpose to ensure our colleagues covering the millions of miles of our roads network to keep the public safe are given the support and protection they deserve and are not penalised for doing their jobs.”

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