Road Safety Since 2010

  • Published: PACTS and RAC Foundation, 2015
  • Authors: L. Amos, D. Davies, T. Fosdick
  • Date Added: 12 Feb 2016
  • Last Update: 12 Feb 2016
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

To summarise the development of road safety strategy and its implementation and outcomes since 2010 to provide an evidence base for the incoming Conservative Government which will need to draw up a new road safety strategy and action plan.

Methodology:

Literature review, workshops with stakeholders and a survey of local authorities in England.

Key Findings:

  • There is now far greater diversity in road safety strategy across the UK. The devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and London have been more ambitious and appear to have co-ordinated their road safety agenda across national, regional and local levels.

  • The absence of national road casualty reduction targets for England and Great Britain is seen as a key reason for a lack of focus on road safety at the local level within England, which has had negative consequences in terms of priority, resources and operational capacity.

  • The sudden introduction of localism to local authorities in England, unaccompanied by appropriate guidance or adequate resources, has led to reduced funding and a loss of experience, resources and manpower in road safety. While community expectations of delivery have risen, operational capacity has fallen.

  • Local road safety partnerships, which were previously an area of positive development in road safety efforts, suffered significantly in the early part of this period. There are signs that road safety partnerships are now regaining their capacity as a result of NDORS (the National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme) funding.

  • Joined-up working that links public health, sustainable transport and other sectors is welcomed by local road safety practitioners, but these arrangements are still bedding down, and effectiveness so far has proved variable.

  • UK Government road safety policies have focused on education and enforcement. The Department for Transport has completed its Road Safety Action Plan, which included some significant safety measures, such as legislation on drug-driving. However, stakeholders have questioned the impacts in the light of reductions in roads policing prioritisation and manpower. Some actions were shelved, notably the young driver Green Paper.

  • While central government research has been cut back, positive developments have occurred in terms of research and technology within the private and third sectors.

Themes:

Policy, Effectiveness, Road safety management, Funding

Comments:

Evidence from road safety stakeholders and practitioners on current road safety management and policy

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