Are you worried Mr Brunstrom?
The following astonishing memo from Mr Brunstrom was leaked to us. We publish it word for word and believe it to be genuine. Comments below.
|Safe Speed Comments
Should we mock?
Maybe not - this is clearly a serious matter. We have complained to the Prime Minister direct, and will publish the results of our complaint in due course.
Perhaps we should not be surprised by this action. We have decently and courteously asked Mr Brunstrom - in writing - for answers to basic road safety questions. The replies we have received have been evasive and hopelessly inadequate. See the original letters (here). When Mr Brunstrom failed to answer important simple questions we complained to the North Wales Police Authority (here). The complaint is ongoing, and we are hoping for a further response shortly.
All our letters to the DfT are published here on the web site. There are three. (hgv40) (DfT email) and (SCRAS). We do not think that three serious letters counts as "inundation". We've not had proper replies from the DfT either, but the then Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (Tim Collins) also wants to see proper answers. (SCRAS)
We would have no cause to "mock" genuine and comprehensive answers.
On 27th November we received a reply from the DfT which appears to put the lie to Mr Brunstrom's claim about DfT policy regarding Safe Speed. (SCRAS)
Mr Brunstrom, allow me to make our position 100% crystal clear.
We want the truth about road safety in the UK.
We don't want lies or evasions of simple questions.
We're not going to stop asking questions or demanding answers.
Non-existent and inadequate replies speak volumes in themselves.
Road safety information belongs to the public and you have absolutely no right to attempt to withhold it, nor to attempt to influence others to withhold it.
We don't trust that your policies are based on science, or even understanding. We think your policies are based on hopeless oversimplification. The fact that you appear to be unable to defend them or support them in writing seems to us to be extremely revealing.
We believe that people are dying unnecessarily on the roads because of your misguided policies. It's an extremely serious matter that calls for open and honest public debate and informed scientific investigation.
|In the press
The Sunday Telegraph - November 30th 2003 (click here)
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Created 26/11/2003. Last update 7/03/2004