Ending the Scandal of Complacency: Road Safety Beyond 2010
HC 460, Eleventh Report of Session 2007-08 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes
- House of Commons - Transport Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Although road accident deaths have halved between 1958 and 2007 whilst the number of licensed motor vehicles and vehicle mileage covered increased by 400%, the current rate of 3,000 deaths and 250,000 injuries is still an unacceptably high level.
Road accidents are the largest single cause of death for people between the ages of 5 and 35 in Britain and road accidents cost our economy some £18 billion each year. The number of deaths and injuries on roads far outweighs the deaths and injuries in other transport modes, and should be viewed as a major public health problem.
The Government should establish a British Road Safety Survey to track overall casualty and safety trends, and review current methods for recording road-traffic injuries. The Committee recommends a systems approach to road safety: ensuring the vehicle, the road infrastructure, regulations and driver training are designed to similar safety and performance standards.
Other recommendations include:
more 20 mph speed limits;
a more proactive approach to determining the safety benefits of new vehicle technologies;
action on young drivers - who represent a disproportionate risk to road users - and vulnerable users: motorcyclists, elderly and child pedestrians and cyclists, horse riders; and
a higher priority given to enforcement of drink-drive and drug-drive offences.
The Committee recommends the establishment of an independent Road Safety Commission with powers to work across the whole of government, ensuring that a high priority and adequate resources are given to road safety and that all government departments and agencies give active support.
The Government should also establish a road accident investigation branch, like those in aviation, rail, and marine.
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