This article describes the organization and functions of PACTS, the United Kingdom's Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety. Established formally in 1982, and funded by membership subscription and a small grant from the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, PACTS brings together parliamentarians from all political parties. Scientists, the police, and representatives from a wide range of professional, road user, commercial and special interest groups, including casualty doctors, orthopaedic surgeons and paedriaticians. PACTS has 3 functions: (a) to be an independent national forum for the identification and promotion of research based solutions to the traffic accident problem; (b) to provide a technical advisory service for parliamentarians on a wide range of transport safety matters; and (c) to promote wider publicity and information on transport safety measures by staging conferences, exhibitions, and producing printed and audio material. The principal work of the council is carried out by 4 technical working parties: vehicle design; road user behaviour; road environment; and aviation safety. The work undertaken to introduce the motor vehicles (wearing of rear seat belts by children) bill is described briefly to illustrate the way the council works.

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    International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine

    Huddinge University Hospital Center, Traffic Medicine Center
    Stockholm,   Sweden  141 86
  • Authors:
    • BREEN, J
  • Publication Date: 1989


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 37-40
  • Serial:
    • Journal of traffic medicine
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 3-4
    • Publisher: International Association for Accident and Traffic Medicine
    • ISSN: 0345-5564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00606788
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM