A “clear commitment” by the government to a Vision Zero approach is required after Britain’s road safety record continued to stagnate in 2018.
The call for a Vision Zero approach has come from Brake, the road safety charity, after the Department for Transport (DfT) released it’s Reported road casualties in Great Britain: main results 2018 report.
What it shows is that, as far back as 2004, the number of fatalities recorded was in excess of 3,200; by 2012, that number was down to 1,754.
However, six years later, the number of fatalities had increased to 1,782 – this was only slightly lower than in 2017 and therefore, the wider picture is one that reveals Britain’s road safety record has stagnated.
There was a period of substantial reduction in fatalities between 2006 to 2010; however, in the last 6-7 years, the record has changed very little.
Between 2017 and 2018, the number of people killed on the roads decreased by 1%.
Brake, through its Global Fleet Champions campaign, is continuing to encourage safer road conditions so that Britain’s road safety record starts to see the reductions it enjoyed at the end of the last decade.
Through the aforementioned campaign, fleet managers are being given advice so that their drivers aren’t tired when driving.
And in light of the DfT’s figures, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, has suggested a commitment to the Vision Zero approach, which has seen Transport for London (TfL) enjoy significant progress in its road safety record.
He said: “Once again, we are talking about a stagnation in Britain’s road safety record, a situation which must change.
“Whilst the government’s new road safety action plan is a step in the right direction, there is always more that can be done to end the unacceptable number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
“We are calling for a clear commitment by government to a Vision Zero approach, striving to eliminate road death and serious injury, with clear targets set out to achieving this goal.”