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Hi-tech accident trial

A TRIAL aimed at speeding up police investigations into serious road accidents could impact on fleets.

Two UK forces – Warwickshire and Surrey – are working with the Highways Agency in the three-month study which will use high-resolution aerial images and new GPS global positioning technology.

It aims to reopen roads more quickly after an accident and could also help police investigations involving company car drivers where health and safety laws have been breached.

The trial is taking place on motorways in the two counties. Jeremy Hay, managing director of Essential Risk Consultancy, said: ‘This trial is part of a wider study aimed at speeding up police investigations of road accidents, which could in turn make prosecutions more probable where they find breaches of health and safety requirements.

‘Technology is playing an increasing role in enforcing traffic and safety laws.

‘Fleets need to look at ways in which technology can help ensure that they comply with requirements in areas such as risk assessment and driver checking.’

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