- A firm run by ex-police officers has allegedly taken large sums of public money
- Millions of pounds meant to fund road safety schemes is now unaccounted for
- A letter says it is nearly ‘impossible’ to see where the money has been used
- Justice Secretary Liz Truss has been asked to make the firm a public authority
Millions of pounds of public cash meant to fund road-safety schemes is unaccounted for at a private company run by ex-police officers, it is alleged.
Huge sums went into the coffers of the firm from motorists caught speeding but who avoided prosecution by paying to go on driver awareness courses.
The company – NDORS Ltd, set up by ex-Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes – was paid a proportion of the fees collected to cover the cost of administering the scheme and was meant to return any surplus cash to police forces to spend on improving road safety.
But crime tsars who looked into the arrangement have not been able to establish where all the money has gone – and NDORS Ltd has refused to provide full accounts.
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) believe up to £10 million could be missing, and in a last- ditch attempt to trace it have asked Justice Secretary Liz Truss to designate the firm a public authority.
That would make it subject to the Freedom of Information Act and allow the PCCs to request detailed spending figures.
In a letter seen by The Mail on Sunday, Staffordshire PCC Matthew Ellis wrote: ‘Advice from accountants suggests it is impossible to ascertain how and where the large revenues have been used… and what payments have been made to individual directors. I have exhausted every avenue to seek this information.’
As this newspaper first revealed, NDORS Ltd was set up to administer speed awareness courses a decade ago by South Yorkshire police chief Mr Hughes and another former officer, Trevor Hall, who has 26 years’ experience in roads policing. Separate firms run the courses and get most of the £90 course fee, with the police forces whose cameras caught the speeding motorist getting £15, while a further £5 ‘administration fee’ goes to NDORS Ltd.