Today’s response sets out an intention to create a functionally independent Investigation Branch to investigate the causes of road collisions, reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads and improve road safety. We look forward to the forthcoming consultation on secondary legislation which will set out how the Branch will operate and work with others to achieve its aims and fulfil its duties.

Commenting on today’s news, Brake’s Chief Executive, Mary Williams OBE, said: “Road crash victims, and Brake on behalf of everyone, have rightly been demanding a national agency for solutions-focused investigation of road crashes for many years. Similar branches exist for rail and aviation but have not until now been established for roads. We applaud this major step by Government towards roads without deaths and catastrophic injury”.