To mark the 10 year anniversary of the Tomorrow’s Roads road safety strategy, the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has published this report to provide an evaluation of road safety in Great Britain ten years on. Using a model inspired by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) PIN reports and building on findings from the two Three Year Strategy Reviews published by the Department for Transport this report centres on four key strands:
– Tomorrow’s Roads has provided direction for road safety in Great Britain: consolidating focus; helping to achieve political and public buy-in; and generating challenging but achievable casualty reduction targets. –
– Casualty reduction targets for Great Britain, set out in Tomorrow’s Roads, had already been met by the end of 2008 and the achievement should be recognised, but so too should the disparities, inequalities and difficulties within road safety today.
– Casualty reduction has not been consistent across user profile, type, behaviour or location. Additionally, the DfT have acknowledged that the STATS 19 data source is not a complete record of all injury collisions. There may also be divergences in data quality across different areas and user types.
– The next strategy needs to combine headline targets and high-level strategy approaches with structures which allow road safety delivery partners to establish more sophisticated internal targets and provide research and guidance to support them.
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