Circular 009/2022: Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

This circular sets out the pre-charge bail provisions (commencing 26 and 28 October 2022) and police driver standards (commencing 30 November 2022) in England and Wales.

Applies to England and Wales



In May 2018, the Home Office conducted a public consultation to review the law, guidance, procedures and processes surrounding police pursuits. The government announced a new test to assess the driving standards of police officers as a response to the consultation.

In November 2019, the government also announced a review of pre-charge bail legislation before conducting a public consultation in 2020. The purpose of this was to make sure the pre-charge bail process is efficient, victim focused and used in all cases where necessary.

This circular informs the police and other relevant public authorities about reforms within the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 and the commencement of the pre-charge bail and police driver standards measure.

The pre-charge bail provisions will commence on 26 and 28 October 2022. This is followed by the Road Traffic Act 1988 (Police Driving: Prescribed Training) Regulations 2022 which will commence on 30 November 2022.

Published 23 November 2022