Rachel Reeves MP has been named by Brake as its Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month for March.
The award, given out jointly by Brake – the road safety charity – and Direct Line Group, recognises the work undertaken by an MP in their constituency over the month, that will reduce the likelihood of road collisions.
Following on from Matt Western in February, Rachel Reeves, MP for Leeds West, has received the accolade due in part to the fact that she demanded urgent action by the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, as well as local roads chiefs so that deaths and serious injuries on roads in Leeds are reduced.
In particular, Rachel Reeves wants to see the introduction of more 20mph speed limits in the city – a speed limit policy that Brake has called for widespread roll out of for some time.
This speed is considered the safest speed in urban areas where traffic is in most contact with vulnerable road users; Brake has called on the government to reduce the national default speed limit in urban areas to 20mph so that safer roads are created.
The MP for Leeds West launched her road safety campaign in response to concerns of constituents about dangerous driving, and has called for implementation of more speed limits in the city, urging both the City Council and Transport Secretary to act.
Accepting her award, Rachel Reeves called for “urgent action” to improve safety.
She said: “I am delighted to accept Brake’s Road Safety Parliamentarian of the Month award. The toll of deaths and serious injuries on our roads is far too high and needs urgent action.
“I would like to see more 20mph zones to help reduce the risks faced by all road users. Road safety is an issue of vital importance to my constituents, and I will continue to press local and central government to ensure that the roads in Leeds West are safer for all to use.”