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International review of road collision investigation

2 December 2020

A new report commissioned by the RAC Foundation to support the work being carried out by the government-funded Road Collision Investigation Project (RCIP) recommends the establishment of a UK Road Collision Investigation Branch (RCIB), independent from the existing judicial investigation process operated by the police.”

It says that the RCIB should have the necessary power and resources to allow it to investigate “‘major’ incidents (i.e. of significant economic impact, as well as those involving injury and death)” and have access to the scenes of incidents as soon as possible after they occur.

The report –  International Review of Road Collision Investigation Approaches was made by Saul Jeavons and Adrian Runacres of  The Transafe Network Ltd.

The authors studied how countries as geographically, socially and economically diverse as Australia, Finland, India, Malaysia, Malta and the United States undertake post-collision analysis to learn wider lessons to help cut death and injury on their roads.

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