Review of the contributory factors system [accident record]

Although it ceased to be a national requirement nearly 50 years earlier, in 1994 many UK Police Forces were still collecting information about the factors which may have contributed to the occurrence of a road traffic accident, the use of which, in conjunction with the more objective STATS19 data, can make a vital contribution to road safety improvement. With the aim of harmonising the quite divergent systems then in use, a new system for recording these contributory factors was devised and tested by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) in 1995. However, the use of this system proceeded on a voluntary basis after many objections were raised by police and road safety practitioners. Eighteen police forces have since adopted the TRL devised system. During this review, interviews were carried out to assess current working practices and problems associated with the new and other systems. This report summarises the findings from these interviews, together with a review of other systems in use, and offers possible solutions to overcome the problems identified. A revised system is recommended which retains many of the innovative ideas from the TRL designed form, thus allowing a degree of continuity for those police forces who have already adopted the system.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 56p
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 43

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01388608
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 1:08AM