Road safety targets must be set out by the government, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
The Association said, as part of its response to the Transport Select Committee’s call for evidence on safety, that the government should follow in the footsteps of Scotland and Wales by adopting road safety targets in England, in order to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries recorded.
Two years ago, there were in excess of 1,544 deaths on England’s roads, a figure not seen since 2011. When the number of those seriously injured were added to this figure, it reached 23,825.
This is well above the average of 21,283 for 2010-14; the deaths and serious injuries totals look even worse when it is considered that in Scotland, the figures are falling, and in Wales, the figures represent half of what they were in 2014.
Both of the latter countries have set road safety targets and setting these challenges has evidently improved safety.
As a result, RoSPA’s Chief Executive, Errol Taylor, wants England to follow suit.
“The road safety pictures in Wales and Scotland are a real cause for celebration, but we are seeing the opposite trends in England – meaning the number of casualties on UK roads in general has stagnated.
“This is concerning and something we are calling on the government to address with the setting of specific targets across England.
“We must ensure that we are continuing to invest in engineering, education and enforcement interventions, as we know that a combination of all three is what’s needed to reach a future where no-one is harmed on the UK’s roads.”
In its response to the call by the Transport Select Committee for evidence regarding road safety, RoSPA followed the lead of Brake by calling for the Department for Transport to adopt a Vision Zero approach to eradicating collisions, as seen in London.