The government has published its road safety action plan, setting out a wave of new measures in order to reduce road death and injury.
The plan, The Road Safety Statement 2019: A Lifetime of Road Safety, aims to change the culture around behaviours on the UK’s streets, roads and motorways, whether it’s a motorist on the way to work, a HGV driver, business fleet.
In its road safety action plan, the government aims to improve safety for people at every stage of life, as well as those who drive for work; introducing the document, Michael Ellis MP, says: “The need for road safety begins the moment a newborn leaves hospital and continues throughout their life into old age. In principle, it covers every step walked, every bicycle or horse ride, or every mile travelled by vehicle.
“We want to move the UK towards an integrated approach to road safety. It is important to be clear what this means, it is not a matter of specific targets, dates or timelines.
“It is a commitment to the idea that road deaths and casualties are not merely the result of poor driving, centrally relevant though that is, but of a transport system as a whole, from signage to road user education, from enforcement to infrastructure design and construction.
“The effect of this approach should be to raise standards and improve coordination so that avoidable road deaths and injuries are reduced to an absolute minimum.”
This shows that the road safety action plan is a clear commitment to eliminating road deaths involving vehicles; indeed, it highlights the central role employers can play by ensuring their drivers are prepared and motivated to drive safely.
Fleet managers will work alongside the government on measures including promoting the Driver for Better Business scheme; supporting initiatives such as the Tyred campaign, in order to improve the condition of vehicles; and consultation on safer truck design.
Britain’s road safety record has stagnated so these measures will be welcome.