NPED founder calls for industry to work together to tackle illegal driving

The founder of the new National Persistent Evaders Database of drivers says it’s too much to expect the Police to work on their own to deal with people who ignore traffic rules and bans.

Alan Wood, the CEO of NPED was reacting to news of calls for more traffic police to deal with offences, after it came to light a motorist had been caught driving while disqualified 20 times in four years.

GB News reports that the driver was among 37,595 British road users convicted of a motoring offence, and that there were more than 8,000 repeat offenders, with 123 people being caught more than five times and 10 people being caught more than 10 times.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing the same pattern repeat offending behaviour in the parking sector, hence the need for a national database to collate this offending vehicle behaviour into a single secure source to truly establish the genuine scale of this growing issue of enforcement avoidance,” Mr Wood told Highways News.

“It is clear lack of funding for the police over the last few decades has contributed but the solution will require a much more joined up approach and it is time we rethink the way we manage our vehicle community.

Local Authorities and approved contractors working in partnership with the police is the answer, with potentially 10 million non-compliant vehicles on our roads requiring some level of enforcement intervention today, and rising, it is utterly unreasonable for our police to shoulder this insurmountable burden, we must work together!

“We are currently working with a number of key stakeholders on a document to present to government highlighting the issues and what a zero-cost solution for police and government might look like given the powers.”

Mr Wood explained NPED during a Highways Voices podcast last year.

(Picture – Yay Images)


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