Driving for Better Business: Managing Risk, Improving Performance

Driving for Better Business: Managing Risk, Improving Performance

As many as one in three road casualties may be injured while driving for work. This includes not just the drivers of heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches but also those who are driving cars on the way to and from business appointments. Risk on the road can and should be managed by employers in the same way as we think about dangerous equipment or slips, trips and falls. For […]

Roads, Casualties and public health: the open sewers of 21st century?

Roads, Casualties and public health: the open sewers of 21st century?

21st Westminster Lecture on Transport Safety. Every century comes with a major public health warning about the harm that we inflict on ourselves. In Britain in the nineteenth century it was the diseases we spread by tolerating open sewers. In the twentieth century it was tobacco that we slowly learnt to love, then fear. In the twenty first century it is the way we tolerate how cars are allowed to […]

Better, Safer Communities: the contribution from street design

Better, Safer Communities: the contribution from street design

Over the last few years, there has been considerable professional, political and media interest in new approaches to street design. Shared space, de-cluttering, the naked street and simplified streetscape are all terms in common use. A key theme is the extent to which it is possible through the use of these – or other approaches – to manage the tension better between place and link, between mobility and liveability. This conference, […]

Local Road Safety Delivery Beyond 2010 : The Challenges and the Opportunities

Local Road Safety Delivery Beyond 2010 : The Challenges and the Opportunities

On 23rd September 2010, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) will be holding an afternoon discussion forum to explore the challenges and opportunities for local road safety delivery within the policy context of the new coalition government. We hope the afternoon will be a useful information gathering session which will help us link national policy developments to local delivery approaches and widen our understanding about how road safety […]

Fast Forward: Can technology help the vulnerable road user?

Fast Forward: Can technology help the vulnerable road user?

We all know that our vehicles have become more technologically sophisticated in recent years. Anti-lock braking systems are now fitted as standard on all new models of car. They have been followed by other initiatives such as Electronic Stability Control, Driver Assistance Systems and Intelligent Speed Adaptation. All of these have focused primarily on improving the safety of the vehicle occupant. Some of them have been extensively researched before fitment; […]