Second review of the Government’s Road Safety Strategy

  • Published: Department for Transport, 2007
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 18 Mar 2013
  • Last Update: 17 Apr 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To set out what steps the Government intend to take to help vulnerable groups of road users, but also to make Britain's roads safer for all road users.

Methodology:

This document reports on the second three-year review of the strategy ‘Tomorrow's roads - safer for everyone’. It reports against 2010 Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets and makes a general assessment of policy implementation. The report also identifies the priority areas for attention.

Key Findings:

  • Educating drivers is an important element. The Highway Code includes a section for drivers on road users requiring extra care. To make drivers more aware, the theory test question bank contains a large number of questions about vulnerable road users. The screen-based theory test allows the use of digitised video clips to help test hazard perception with moving images, which include cyclists. Over the past few years, Road Safety Scotland has promoted a Mutual Respect poster campaign highlighting the responsibilities of drivers and cyclists towards each other and is currently developing a micro-site to support the campaign.

  • The Department supports the British Horse Society to conduct road safety tests for horse riders and the development of materials for trainers and examiners, most recently a CD-ROM on the test. Road Safety Scotland is working with the equestrian community in Scotland to revise its publication on horse riding and road safety in 2007.

  • The strategy to improve the safety of people undertaking these activities, and horse riders, is to:

    • Encourage them to protect themselves, through appropriate training and the use of appropriate clothing;

    • Improve conditions for them by educating other road users; and,

    • Improve the road environment.

Themes:

Road, safety, development, strategy, review.

Comments:

This is primarily a review of current strategy (at the time) and its efficacy. It also puts forward recommendations for the future. It serves as a concise document that gives a good overview of current and future priorities and their effectiveness in real world scenarios. It also gives a timetable for continuing development.

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