PACTS, in association with Ageas, has called on the government to adopt a new approach to managing road safety. The report, Developing safe system road safety indicators for the UK, was launched at the Conservative Party Conference on 2nd October 2018. It recommends that the UK monitors a set of eight key indicators to show changes in the underlying safety of the road system. These would support a casualty reduction target. The government would report annually on progress.
The indicators are:
- Percentage of traffic complying with speed limits on national roads
- Percentage of traffic complying with speed limits on local roads
- Percentage of drivers who do not drive after consuming alcohol or drugs
- Percentage of car occupants using a seat belt / child seat
- Proportion of drivers not using an in-car phone (hand held or hands free)
- Percentage of new passenger cars with highest Euro NCAP safety rating
- Percentage of roads with appropriate iRAP safety rating
- Percentage of emergency medical services arriving at accident scene within 18 minutes.
The WHO has recommended that countries adopt this approach and the European Commission has called on members states to draw up indicators by the second quarter of 2019.
David Davies, PACTS Executive Director, said,
“Reporting on these indicators would focus attention on the factors which most determine the level of death and injury on UK roads. They are evidence-based and would benefit all road users. They apply across the UK and some can also be monitored at local level.”
“PACTS is very pleased to have had the chance to undertake this work, thanks to the support of Ageas. We have had tremendous co-operation from road safety experts and stakeholders who are enthusiastic about this new approach. It would not involve significant new spending. Much of the data exists already. It needs to be supplemented, brought together and used.”
Commenting on why Ageas financially supported this PACTS report, CEO Andy Watson said:
“As one of the UK’s largest car insurers Ageas is committed to improving the safety of roads. Traditional measures do not give a complete picture of road safety management. So an evidence based solution together with a detailed set of key performance indicators on road safety, is a practical way of focusing efforts on reducing casualties and deaths. With the information in the report, we want UK policy makers to work closely with safety practitioners to make a difference in how road safety is managed in the UK.”
The research and report was undertaken by PACTS Research Officer and Analyst, Anderson Etika.
Download full report – Developing Safe System Road Safety Indicators for the UK