>some counter balance to the detractors who post without knowing any facts
Regrettably, "facts" wouldn't have stopped most of the Usual Suspects above.
The facts are the most basic mechanical and legal understanding indicates either that the "National Police Chiefs Council" should get themselves a "Lead on Road Policing" who possesses this basic mechanical and legal understanding, or Chief Constable Bangham likes the sound of his gums "bangham" (sic) together.
Otoh, dunno 'bout you but, before this thread and the resulting Googling, I wasn't aware there was a "National Police Chiefs Council", never mind that it had a "Lead on Road Policing"; however. Wikipedia tells me the NPCC replaced ACPO - which I did know existed - in 2015.
Call me cynical but I do wonder if the NPCC and CC Bangham felt they needed a higher media profile?
Whatever, as far as most of the posts go, to paraphrase the old saying about news media, "Why let facts get in the way of a good whinge?".