Committee critical of Government's handling of road safety

Road Safety GB, PACTS, RoSPA and the IAM have all moved swiftly to back the Transport Committee’s call for the “Government to step up and provide stronger leadership on road safety”.

In a new report examining the Government’s Strategic Framework for Road Safety, the Transport Select Committee calls on the Government to take action to improve the safety of young drivers and carry out an independent review of driving training.

Louise Ellman (pictured), chair of the Committee, said: “We are very concerned that 2011 saw the first increase in road fatalities since 2003, with 1,901 people killed on the roads. It is shocking that road accidents are the main cause of death amongst young adults aged 16-24 and that so many cyclists continue to be killed or injured.

“If the Government is not willing to set targets, it should show more leadership. Action is required to improve road safety for young drivers, including an independent review of driver training. We welcome the attention cycling has received but there is much more to do.”

The Committee also highlights the variations in road safety performance between local authorities.

The MP’s also called for the Department for Transport to:

Explain in its annual report regarding whether road safety is improving each year in line with its forecasts

Highlight best practice by local authorities, in particular noting innovative practices and multi agency approaches

Provide an update of the initial findings of the Governments Learning to Drive programme

Carry out an independent review of driver training to reduce the casualty rate for young drivers

Consider encouraging HGV’s to fit sensors to improve cycle safety.

Look at cycling infrastructure, with the Department responding to the 8 points of The Times cycle campaign

Report on motor cycle training and learn from previous mistakes in implementing changes to motor cycle testing in response to European directives

Highlight best practice and innovative working methods in providing 20 mph zones.

Include engineering measures in the Department’s outcome measuresReport on new advertising campaigns for road safety, particularly on engaging with social media.

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