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The Safer Essex Roads Partnership funds new life-saving and enforcement vehicles

1 April 2016


The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has funded the purchase of two new partnership vehicles. The Essex Air Ambulance received a new Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) and Essex Police has received a new unmarked covert motorbike.

SERP has donated funds to allow the partners to continue delivering the best service possible to the people of Essex.

The Air Ambulance’s Skoda Scout is a dedicated 4 x 4 vehicle which brings their fleet of RRVs to four, giving the life-saving Charity greater ability to reach more patients across Essex, whatever the weather or time of day. It also enables the Air Ambulance to mobilise extra teams should a major incident occur.

Essex Police has received another unmarked high powered motorcycle with the latest video recording technology. This will help combat unsafe riding and driving behaviours on Essex Roads. We have hidden the motorcycle in the picture above to keep the vehicle as covert as possible.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager for Essex Police said: “The bike allows Essex Police to detect and video incidents of dangerous driving and riding behaviour and enhances our ability to detect offences such as the use of a mobile phone whilst driving. The on board video evidence also provides comprehensive footage of any offence thereby reducing potential court time.”

The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) launched in September 2015 and aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on Essex roads to zero.

Partners include Essex Air Ambulance, Essex County Council, Essex Fire and Rescue Service, Essex Police, Highways England, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, East of England Ambulance and NHS Trust and the Safer Roads Foundation.

Nicola Foster, Chair of SERP said: “We are delighted to be able to provide these two vehicles for our partners to support SERP’s vision of having zero deaths or serious injuries on Essex roads. The lifesaving work of the Air Ambulance and the engagement and enforcement work of the Essex Police motorbike team will support the educational activities delivered by the partnership. However, we need every road user to look out for themselves and others on the roads.”

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Delivery and chairman of the Safer Essex Roads board, said: “Driving down casualties on Essex’s roads is of huge importance to everyone. This is a great example of different organisations in Essex working together towards a common goal.”

To find out more visit: www.saferessexroads.org.