Action demanded as road deaths rise

Cuts to local authority road safety budgets have been condemned after shock figures revealed that road deaths last year rose for the first time since 2003.

A report from the Transport Select Committee showed that 1,901 people were killed on the roads in 2011.

MPs on the committee are now calling on the Government to show more leadership on road safety.

Committee chair Louise Ellman said:  “If the government is not willing to set targets, it should show more leadership.

“The evidence we gathered suggests the principal factor in improving road safety is robust political leadership.

“The government’s strategy sets out to devolve decision making on road safety to local authorities but many authorities face a shortage of funding and the loss of many skilled road safety personnel.

“More attention should be given to engineering improvements in road design and technology and the Government should account for recent increases in the number of road fatalities.”

 

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