Inspector Tony Mannakee, Met Police & Gareth Tuffery, Road Safety GB

Inspector Tony Mannakee is the Met Police’s Road Danger Reduction Inspector, based within the Roads & Transport Policing Command - the largest single operational command unit in London comprising 2,350 officers and staff responsible for policing London’s roads.

Tony's role involves working closely with TfL and other partners to deliver the objectives set out in the Mayor Of London’s Vision Zero Strategy/Action Plan to eliminate all fatal and serious collisions from London’s roads by 2041.

He leads both the Met's Cycle Safety and Motor Cycle Safety Teams which deliver a range of enforcement and engagement activity including the BikeSafe course to educate motorcyclists on safe riding principles.

Tony has been a police officer with the Met for the past 19 years and has previously lead teams within emergency response, neighbourhoods, and pro-active policing portfolios.

Gareth Tuffery is road safety officer at the London Borough of Southwark and Road Safety GB's specialist with regard to motorcycling.

He once cycled from Land’s End to John o'Groats, drove coaches for a living and use to sit on the board of the National Motor Cycling Association - so it is fair to say he recognises the needs of different types of road user.

It was while working for the DfT and later as a transport officer at the Milk Marketing Board, that Gareth developed his interest in road safety.

His first road safety post was with Kingston Council and he subsequently went onto work for Surrey County Council and the London boroughs of Harrow and Hammersmith & Fulham, before taking up his current post at Southwark.

While he was at Surrey he shaped a motorcycle strategy in a bid to tackle the high number of fatalities, which raised the profile and status of motorcycling and highlighted problems including infrastructure that posed a threat to motorcyclists - such as manhole covers and poor lighting.

In his current role at Southwark, he is working to reduce all road casualties and promote sustainable travel options among all sectors of the community.

Presentation: Scooter to Commuter
For many a young rider the scooter offers freedom and independence as well as been affordable and fun to ride. Perhaps due to their age, many young riders give little thought to their safety and see protective clothing as uncool, unnecessary and expensive. Many young riders also treat the Compulsory Basic Training certificate as a one stop shop, with little or no interest in taking a full bike licence. For some, the bike is just a means to an end before they can purchase their first car.

Recently in London, we have experienced the scooter rider becoming the commuter rider due to the high costs of living in a city.

This joint presentation will address the following questions:
• Is the vulnerability of yesterday's young scooter riders transferred over to today’s commuter riders - and if yes, why?
• Traditionally as road safety professionals we have addressed the young rider’s lack of skills and experience  by encouraging them to take their full motorcycle test - is this still the best approach?
• Should we be educating the scooter rider differently to the commuter rider?

It will also present 'a brave new world' - a  new approach to  reducing  young rider vulnerability.

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