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Road Safety

HC 506, Second Report of Session 2012-13 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Transport Committee
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Given the recent increase in road accident figures, 'Road Safety (HC 506)' reports that the Government must provide stronger leadership on road safety and use the planned update for the Strategic Framework for Road Safety in September 2012 to reassess its road safety strategy.

  • In 2011, 1,901 people were killed in road accidents, the first annual increase in road fatalities since 2003, and a 3% increase compared to 2010.

  • 25,023 people were killed or seriously injured, an increase of 2% from 2010 and the first annual increase since 1994.

  • In 2011, 3,085 cyclists were killed or seriously injured.

The Committee advise that more attention should be given to engineering improvements in road design and technology. Any proposal to increase the motorway speed limit should follow approval from the House of Commons.

The Department for Transport is called upon to explain in its annual report whether road safety is improving each year in line with its forecasts and highlight best practice by local authorities. The initial findings should then inform the Governments Learning to Drive programme so that an independent review of driver training can be carried out to reduce the casualty rate for young drivers.

Further recommendations for the Department include:

(i) Heavy goods vehicles are fitted with sensors to improve cycle safety.

(ii) More attention is focussed on cycling infrastructure.

(iii) The eight points of The Times cycle campaign should be responded to.

(iv) A new report on motor cycle training should be introduced.

(v) Best practice and innovative working methods must be highlighted to provide 20 miles-per-hour zones.

(vi) Engineering measures should be included in the Department's outcome measures.

(vii) The delivery of a report on new advertising campaigns for road safety, particularly on engaging with social media.

Extent 194 pages ISBN 9780215046918
Size A4 Price £22.00
Format Paperback Published 18 Jul 2012
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