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Fleets to benchmark local authority road safety performance in new DfT initiative

In addition, the Department for Transport is launching a new research website – The Road Safety Observatory – giving road safety professionals access to research on a variety of relevant topics. 

By setting out collision and casualty figures against population, traffic levels, road length and authority spending to show how local authorities have performed over the last seven years, the new Road Safety Comparison Site is intended to improve transparency and accountability.

As well as putting casualty figures in to context the site provides a mapping facility so that people can see how many cyclists or children have been involved in collisions on a particular road.

Stephen Hammond said: ‘If a council is performing particularly well then I want to see them sharing best practice with others so that they can improve and people across the country can benefit.’

Hammond added that the Road Safety Observatory will be a valuable resource for all those with an interest in road safety by providing a one-stop-shop for road safety research.

The Road Safety Comparison Site can be found at: http://road-collisions.dft.gov.uk/. 
The Road Safety Observatory is at: www.roadsafetyobservatory.com.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.