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CAMPAIGN FOR SAFER ROADSIDE RESCUE
AND RECOVERY SUPPORTS LAUNCH IN
WESTMINSTER
The Campaign for Safer
Roadside Rescue and
Recovery(CSRRR) reached
another landmark moment
yesterday with the launch of
an All Party Parliamentary
Group (APPG) focussing on the
industry’s issues. The CSRRR
was launched in October by a
coalition of industry figures and
bodies – including the Recovery
Industry Support Charity(RISC).
The campaign is pushing for
increased safety for recovery
industry workers – including
the use of flashing red warning
beacons and a change to the
Government’s policy on ‘All
Lane Running’ Motorways.2
The Rt Hon Sir Mike
Penning MP, one of 7 MPs in
attendance, was elected Chair
of the APPG. Commenting on
the occasion, he said:
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“I know from my previous work
as a Roads Minister3 – and
also just as a motorist – what
an important role the roadside
rescue and recovery industry
plays in society. For too long
their concerns have been
overlooked by government.
Today’s initial meeting of the
APPG marks a massive step
towards putting that right and
securing the recognition and
protection this vital industry
demands and deserves.”
“I was deeply saddened
to learn of the case of my
constituent Sam and her
deceased partner Steve. But
it wasn’t until I spoke with
Sam and read about the issue
that I realised the extent of
the problem and the feeling in
the industry that lawmakers
weren’t listening to them.
My hope is that today will be
the beginning of the industry
having a proper voice in
Westminster.”
Also in attendance was Sam
Cockerill, whose life had
been turned upside down
when her partner was killed
while recovering a vehicle
on the side of the M25 last
September4. Sam Cockerill’s
MP, Tracey Crouch, attended
the meeting. Tracey Crouch
said:
Some of the leading figures
behind the Campaign also
attended the meeting. Amongst
them was Andy Lambert,
Chairman of RISC, and
Richard Goddard of Automania
Group.
Andy Lambert commented:
“I have been working in the
recovery industry for over
50 years. In that time it has
always felt that government
take decisions without
consideration of how it will
affect our industry. This lack
of knowledge costs lives, and
hopefully today is a sign that
things are finally beginning to
change.”
Richard Goddard commented:
“Today was an emotional
day for me personally. This
industry has been seeking
recognition from government
for as long as I can remember
– to little effect. But now after
years of driving for change,
it feels for the first time that
we’ve got the backing of some
powerful, industry-aware MPs
who will help us achieve the
recognition we deserve and
raise our status to that of an
essential emergency service.”





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