Road deaths increase: are Government cuts to blame?
Last year saw the first rise in road deaths since 2003, with 1901 people killed, and Louise Ellman, Chair of the Transport Committee, raised concerns that some local authorities are having to cut back on key road safety strategies.
She said: ‘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.’
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, added: ‘What the increase in road deaths and this report highlight is the need to review what is happening on road safety in this country, including what effects spending cuts and service reorganisation are having and how successful the Strategic Framework for Road Safety is being.
‘Although we are still in the early days of the framework, we are pleased to see that the Government is going to review it this year. It is important to identify whether the road safety strategy can be improved becau
se, as the economy picks up in the coming years, road use will increase and we do not want to find ourselves in a situation in which road deaths and injuries are rising as a result.’