Policy consultations, speeches and papers

Brake regularly responds to consultations, gives speeches and presents papers calling for policies to improve road safety, prevent casualties, and improve justice and support for crash victims. Our consultation responses and main speeches and papers are listed below, most recent first. You can also find speeches and papers relating to specific campaigns on each of our campaign pages.


Ministry of Justice

Consultation: Driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury
1 February 2017
Brake's written submission

Brake annual reception 2017

Speech by Mary Williams
25 January 2017

Transport Select Committee

Consultation: Urban congestion inquiry
9th December 2016
Brake's written submission

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 

Consultation: Implementation of Clean Air Zones in England
9th December 2016
Brake's written submission

Department for Transport

Consultation: Advanced driver assistance systems and automated vehicle technologies, supporting their use in the UK
11 July 2016
Brake's written submission

Northern Ireland's Department for the Environment

Consultation: Northern Ireland drink-driving consultation
24 May 2016
Brake's written submission

Department for Transport

Consultation: Draft cycling and walking investment strategy
21 May 2016
Brake's written submission

Department for Transport

Consultation: Hand-held mobile phones: changes to penalties for use whilst driving
15 March 2016
Brake's written submission

Transport Select Committee

Road traffic law enforcement inquiry
12 October 2015
Brake's written submission

Ministry of Justice

Revising the Victims' Code
13 August 2015
Brake's response

Brake & Direct Line parliamentary reception 2015

Speech by Julie Townsend
14 July 2015

Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety

Brake's response to the Zero Draft Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety
1 May 2015

General Election 2015

Brake policy briefing for prospective parliamentary candidates
16 April 2015

Welsh Government

Consultation: National Transport Plan 2015
11 March 2015
Brake's written response

Brake annual reception 2015

Speech by Julie Townsend
28 January 2015

Ministry of Justice

Review of driving offences and penalties
13 January 2015
Brake's response

Department for Transport

'Driverless' vehicles: position statement
5 December 2014

Department for Transport

Cycling delivery plan: informal consultation
27 November 2014

Transport Select Committee

Motoring of the future inquiry
22 October 2014
Brake's response

Transport for London

Consultation on safer lorries
18 September 2014
Brake's response

Department for Transport

Consultation on increased speed limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes: dual carriageway
4 September 2014
Brake's response

Brake's International Speed Congress 2014

Speech by Mary Williams OBE, chief executive
7 May 2014, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), London

Transport Safety Commission

Inquiry into UK Transport Safety: Who is Responsible?
11 April 2014
Brake's response

GO 20 parliamentary reception

Speech by Julie Townsend
2 April 2014

GO 20

Brake campaign briefing
26 March 2014

Highways Agency

Consultation on M1 junctions 28 to 35a maximum mandatory speed limit
3 March 2014
Brake's response

Department for Transport

Consultation on specifying a limit for amphetamine in regulations for the new offence of driving with a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit
30 January 2014
Brake's response

Managed motorways

Brake policy briefing
24 January 2014

Transport Select Committee

Cycling safety inquiry
17 January 2014
Brake's response

Brake annual reception 2014

Speech by Julie Townsend
14 January 2014

Office for Low Emission Vehicles

Measures to support uptake of ultra low emission vehicles from 2015 to 2020
10 January 2014
Guide Dogs for the Blind association response

Department for Transport

Consultation on regulations to specify the drugs and corresponding limits for the new offence of driving with a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit
12 September 2013
Brake's response

European Commission

Public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework
23 August 2013
Brake's response

Health and Safety Executive

Consultation on the revised INDG382 Driving at work: Managing work-related road safety
16 August 2013
Brake's response

Ministry of Justice

Improving the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime
10 May 2013
Brake's response

Department for Transport

Driving under the influence of drugs - report from the expert panel
11 April 2013
Brake's response 

Justice Committee (Scotland)

Call for evidence on the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill
9 April 2013
Brake's response 

Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency

Consultation on DVLA proposal to extend the high risk offender (HRO) scheme
12 March 2013
Brake's response 

Department for Transport

Consultation on speed limit exemptions
26 February 2013
Brake's response

Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency

Validity periods for restricted medical licences
14 February 2013
Brake's response 

Department for Transport

Examining the speed limit for heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageway roads
1 February 2013
Brake response 

Brake annual reception 2013

Speech by Julie Townsend
17 January 2013 

Department for Transport

Consultation on Enforcement Procedures against Drink Drivers and Other Offenders
02 January 2013
Brake's response

Transport Select Committee

Inquiry into the work of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)
02 January 2013
Brake's response

Welsh Government

Consultation on the draft road safety delivery plan
13 December 2012
Brake's response 

Scottish Government

Consultation on reducing the drink drive limit
19 November 2012
Brake's response 

Crown Prosecution Service

Consultation Regarding The Guidance On Charging Offences Arising From Driving Incidents
8 November 2012
Brake's response 

Transport for London

Towards a Road Safety Action Plan for London: 2020
1 November 2012
Brake's response 

Labour and Liberal Democrat Conferences ABI Fringe Events

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive
1 October 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly

Consultation on Road Safety (Drink Driving) (Amendment) Bill
6 October 2012
Brake's response

Department for Transport

Consultation on the revision of the Department for Transport's speed limit circular
1 October 2012
Brake's response 

London Assembly

Cycling in London consultation
11 September
Brake's response 

Department for Transport

Changes to penalties and charges for careless driving offences
5 September 2012
Brake's response 

Brain Injury Prevention Symposium

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive
4 September 2012

Welsh Assembly

Consultation on active travel (Wales) Bill 
1
4 August 2012
Brake's response 

Scottish Government

Making Justice Work for Victims and Witnesses
20 July 2012
Brake's response 

Transport Select Committee

Transport Committee invites ideas for future inquiries
4 July 2012
Brake's response 

Brake reception on support for road crash victims

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive
4 July 2012, Houses of Parliament, London

Youth Select Committee

Inquiry into issues and concerns around safe, affordable and accessible transport for young people
30 May 2012
Brake's response 

Brake's International Speed Congress 2012

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive
17 May 2012, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE), London

Department for Transport

Call for evidence on the production of an appraisal tool for local speed limits
26 April 2012
Brake's response 

Ministry of Justice

Getting it right for victims and witnesses
22 April 2012
Brake's response 

Driving Standards Agency

Consultation on 'Guide for DDRS Course Providers, HM Courts and Tribunal Service'
06 March 2012
Brake's response 

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Changes to driver licensing laws
24 February 2012
Brake's response 

Transport Select Committee

Inquiry into the Government's strategic framework for road safety 
24 January 2012
Oral evidence by Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive 

Labour Party Justice Policy Working Group

Punishment and Reform: What Works to Protect the Public and Stop Crime?
Closed 12 January 2012
Brake's response

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Changes to Daylight Saving: Implications for Agriculture and Rural Communities
Closed 15 December 2011
Brake's response

Brake Annual Reception address

Speech by Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive
11 January 2012, Houses of Parliament, London

Transport Select Committee inquiry

Inquiry into the government's strategic framework for road safety
Closed 31 October 2011
Brake's response

Labour Party transport policy review

Britain Better Connected: Labour's Transport Policy Review
Closed 31 July 2011
Brake's response

Northern Ireland Department of Environment consultation

Consultation on Changes to the Learner and Restricted Driver Schemes and on Graduated Driver Licensing 
Closed 19 July 2011
Brake's response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Consultation on the possibility of allowing an increase in the length of articulated lorries
Closed 21 June 2011
Brake's response

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence consultation

Public health programme guidance - Walking and cycling
Closed 25 May 2011
Brake's response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Proposals to amend Driving Licence Standards for Vision, Diabetes and Epilepsy
Closed 28 April 2011
Brake's response

Northern Ireland Environment Commitee consultation

Call for evidence on the Cyclists (Protective Headgear) Bill
Closed 14 March 2011
Brake's response

Brake Annual Reception address

Speech by Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend
19 January 2011, Houses of Parliament, London

Scottish Government consultation

Call for evidence on the Scotland Bill
Closed 14 January 2011
Brake's response

UK Department for Transport seminar 

Seminar on the Government's strategic framework for road safety (no consultation document published)
Seminar held 10 January 2011
Brake's response 

CARRSQ Road Safety Conference Australia

Speech by Mary Williams OBE, chief executive, Brake (word)
October 2011, Brisbane 

Transport Select Committee inquiry

Call for evidence on inquiry into drink and drug driving law
Closed 31 August 2010
Brake’s response

Independent review by Sir Peter North CBE QC

Call for submissions for review of drink and drug driving law
Ends 16 June 2010
Brake's response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Call for comments on update of guidance for setting local speed limits
Closed 5 February 2010
Brake’s response 

Brake Annual Reception address

Speech by Brake trustee Deborah Johnson
19 January 2010, Houses of Parliament, London 

Northern Ireland Department of Environment consultation

Consultation on the drink drive limit in Northern Ireland, penalties and police powers to detect drink drivers
Closed 31 July 2009
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

A Safer Way: consultation on making Britain’s roads the safest in the world
Closed 14 July 2009
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Continuous Enforcement of Motor Insurance
Closed 16 April 2009
Brake’s response

Health & Safety Executive consultation

The Health and Safety of Great Britain: be part of the solution
Closed 2 March 2009
Brake’s response

Brake Annual Reception address

Speech by Brake trustee Deborah Johnson
21 January 2009, Houses of Parliament, London

UK Department for Transport consultation

Road Safety Compliance
Closed 28 February 2009
Brake’s response

Driving Standards Agency consultation

Learning to Drive
Closed 8 October 2008
Brake’s response

Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC) consultation

Guidelines on Causing Death by Driving offences
Closed 10 March 2008
Brake’s response
SGC Guideline, published 15 July 2008

UK Department for Health consultation

Improving Health, Supporting Justice
Closed 4 March 2008
Brake’s response
DH evaluation report

Transport Select Committee inquiry

Road Safety
Closed 18 February 2008
Brake’s response
TSC recommendations to Government and minutes of evidence

Sentencing Advisory Panel consultation

Sentencing for Corporate Manslaughter
Closed 7 February 2008
Brake’s response

Northern Ireland Assembly consultation

Draft speed management policy
Closed 25 January 2008
Brake’s response

Brake Annual Reception address

Speech by Brake chief executive Mary Williams OBE
17 January 2008, Houses of Parliament, London

DVLA consultation

Trial of Smart Card Provisional Driving Licences
Closed 11 January 2008
Brake’s response

Driving Standards Agency consultation

Improved services for customers and general fee increases for 2008
Closed 23 November 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Directive 2003/10/EC: Use of seat belts and child restraints by child passengers on buses and coaches
Closed 30 November 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Strengthening local delivery: Modernising the traffic commissioner system
Closed 15 October 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Directive 2003/10/EC: Use of seat belts and child restraints by child passengers on buses and coaches
Closed 30 September 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Amending the traffic signs regulations and general directions 2002 to enable improved signing of safety cameras
Closed 17 September 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

Consultation on the detail of the Graduated Fixed Penalty and Deposit schemes
Closed 30 August 2007
Brake’s response

UK Ministry of Justice consultation

The Law on Damages
Closed 27 July 2007
Brake’s response

Sentencing Advisory Panel consultation

Causing Death by Driving Offences
Closed 19 April 2007
Brake’s response

Crown Prosecution Service consultation

Prosecuting Bad Driving
Closed 16 March 2007
Brake’s response
CPS summary of responses

European Commission consultation

Better Road Safety Enforcement in the European Union
Closed 19 January 2007
Brake’s response

VOSA consultation

HGV and PSV Testing and Inspections
Closed 12 January 2007
Brake’s response

Driving Standards Agency consultation

Service improvements, safety related measures and general fee increases
Closed 11 January 2007
Brake’s response

UK Ministry of Justice consultation

Making Sentencing Clearer
Closed 9 January 2007
Brake’s response

UK Department for Transport consultation

In-vehicle information systems
Closed 9 January 2007
Brake’s response
DfT summary of responses

Transport Select Committee inquiry

The Government’s Motorcycling Strategy
Closed January 2007
Brake’s response
TSC recommendations to Government and minutes of evidence
Government response

Transport Select Committee inquiry

Novice Drivers
Closed 18 December 2006
Brake’s response
TSC recommendations to Government and minutes of evidence
Government response

European Commission consultation

Road infrastructure safety management on the trans-European networks
Closed 19 May 2006
Brake’s response
EC proposed directive

European Commission consultation

Fitting blind spot mirrors on existing trucks
Closed 19 May 2006
Brake’s response
EC proposed directive

Driving Standards Agency consultation

Highway Code review
Closed 10 May 2006
Brake’s response
DSA report on consultation

Office for Criminal Justice Reform consultation

Rebuilding Lives: supporting victims of crime
Closed 1 March 2006
Brake’s response

European Commission Green Paper consultation

Improving the mental health of the population: Towards a strategy on mental health for the European Union
Closed March 2006
Brake’s response
EC report on consultation
EU report in response to consultation

Driving Standards Agency consultation

A compulsory Certificate of Professional Competence for bus, coach and truck drivers
Closed February 2006
Brake’s response
DSA report on consultation

Transport Select Committee inquiry

Traffic policing and technology
Closed 15 February 2006
Brake’s written response
Brake’s oral response
Committee report
Government response to Committee report

Office for Criminal Justice Reform consultation

The Witness Charter
Closed January 2006
Brake’s response
OCJS report on consultation

UK Department for Transport consultation

Update of circular roads 1/93, setting local speed limits
Closed February 2005
Brake’s response
DfT Circular 1/06