Road safety minister Paul Clarke has denied he intends to set up a dedicated accident investigation unit for road traffic collisions similar to the air and rail accident investigation branches following a question from LibDem MP Mark Hunter on the matter.

Clarke said: “All fatal collisions on our roads are investigated in great detail by police accident investigators. We are working to improve the analysis of their data which will develop our understanding of the causes of these collisions and focus further measures to prevent deaths on the roads. This work is supplemented by detailed analysis of a sample of collisions by road safety researchers.

“We see no case to duplicate this effort by establishing a road accident investigation branch. However, we recently proposed the establishment of an independent expert panel to look at the pattern of fatal accidents on our roads and, on the basis of that analysis, recommend ways to reduce further the number of deaths on our roads.”