Category Archives: Road Safety

UK: PUBLICATION OF JOINT INSPECTION OF THE INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF FATAL ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENTS

An assessment of how police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) investigate and prosecute road death cases, was published in February 2015.
The report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) found that overall the police’s investigation of fatal road traffic incidents (FRTI) was professional and thorough. However the recommendations reflect the conclusion that there is room for improvements in the way police and prosecutors deal with fatal crashes.

 

ENGLAND & WALES: NEW POWERS TO TACKLE DRUG DRIVING

A new law to make it easier for police to catch and convict drug drivers took effect 2nd March 2015 in England and Wales.

ENGLAND: DFT CYCLING DELIVERY PLAN

The Department of Transport has outlined a10 year strategy on plans to increase cycling and walking across England.

The cycling delivery plan includes an ambition to double cycling levels by 2025 and increase the percentage of school children aged 5 to 10 years walking to school to 55% by 2025.

UK: RoSPA LAUNCH NEW CHILD SAFETY SEAT WEBSITE

The UK charity RoSPA is launching its Child Car Seat website, offering advice on which seat to choose for your child and car and how to use them, the law and things drivers ought to know if they carry other people’s children in the car. This new website helps parents make the right choices.

ENGLAND: NEW PHE REPORT – REDUCING UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES IN AND AROUND THE HOME AMONG CHILDREN UNDER FIVE YEARS

Public Health England (PHE) has launched two new reports on preventing accidents to children and young people in the home and on the road.  RoSPA and CAPT were commissioned by PHE to undertake this work and these were launched to coincide with Child Safety Week, which as you know is taking place this week.

ENGLAND: CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR PEDESTRIAN AND CYCLIST SAFETY

The need for improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists has been highlighted in the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. The publication website notes:

‘Safety for pedestrians and cyclists must be improved if we are to encourage people to walk and cycle more and reap the associated health benefits. The risk of serious injury for each kilometre travelled on a bike is 21 times higher than by car. The CMO says that the relative risks of walking and cycling are unacceptably high and must be reduced and that an integrated approach to improving safety for all road users must be taken.’

 

 

ENGLAND: LONDON TO BAN LORRIES WITH WHICH HAVE NO PROTECTION FOR CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

Officials to introduce requirement for trucks to fit side guards and better mirrors, with hefty charge for non-compliance.

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

NEW WELSH ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The new Road Safety Framework for Wales published last month (22 July 2013) sets a target for a 40% reduction in the total number of people killed and seriously injured (KSI) on Welsh roads by 2020.

The framework, published by the Welsh Government, also includes targets for a 25% reduction in the number of motorcyclists KSI and a 40% reduction in the number of young people (16-24 yrs) KSI in the same timeframe.

NEW REPORT WARNS OF IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY OF CUTS TO TRAFFIC POLICING

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

Road safety charity Brake says that a reduction in numbers of traffic police in forces across the UK will leave the public at risk from dangerous, drunk and drugged drivers.

CHILD DEATH REVIEW PROGRAMME FOCUSES ON DEATHS IN MOTOR VEHICLES

Country: Wales
Date: 2013
A programme set up to look at trends in child deaths in Wales has published the findings of a review into deaths of teenagers in motor vehicles. Public Health Wales, which hosts the Child Death Review Programme, recommends in its report that the Welsh Government looks at different ways of licensing teenage drivers to prevent fatal road crashes.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Irish government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 per year by 2020. Last year, 162 people lost their lives on Irish roads.

The target is contained in the government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy, Closing the Gap, which has just been launched. It is also aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries arising from road accidents to 330 per year by 2020.

WHO’S GLOBAL STATUS REPORT ON ROAD SAFETY 2013 – SUPPORTING A DECADE OF ACTION

Countries Covered: World
Date: 2013

The Global status report on road safety 2013 presents information on road safety from 182 countries, accounting for almost 99% of the world’s population.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF SEAT BELTS ON SCHOOL BUSES

Country Covered: Wales
Date: 2013
The Welsh Government has published new guidance for bus companies, governing bodies and local authorities about the use of seat belts on school transport which will be compulsory on school transport from October 2014.

ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:  2013

The Active Travel Bill places a legal duty on councils to create a network of routes for walking and cycling, and will require them to continuously improve them.

CONSULTATION: EXAMINING THE SPEED LIMIT FOR HGVS OVER 7.5T ON SINGLE CARRIAGEWAY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The consultation ended on 01 February 2013, but the aims was to examine whether the speed limit for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) over 7.5 tonnes on single carriageways, is set at the right level.
This consultation follows a commitment published in ‘The Logistics Growth Review – Connecting People with Goods’ document in November 2011, and is supported by industry stakeholders who say the 40 mph speed limit causes unnecessary costs to vehicle operators, congestion, avoidable overtaking collisions and creates an uneven playing field for businesses.

IOBI WELCOMES WELSH ASSEMBLY’S MOVE TO ENCOURAGE MORE 20MPH LIMITS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

IOBI has warmly welcomed a move by the Welsh Assembly to encourage local authorities in Wales to implement more 20mph limits, in recognition of the proven road safety benefits. The Assembly voted on and passed the motion during an open debate today. The Assembly’s move comes only two weeks after the UK government produced new guidance for local authorities in England encouraging them to implement 20mph limits in residential areas, in areas where lots of people walk or cycle (or where there’s the potential for such), and where there is local community demand for lower limits.

NATIONAL DEBATE ON YOUNG DRIVERS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

Young Drivers are disproportionately represented in road accidents. In Scotland they are involved in around 25% of incidents. The Scottish Government document Road Safety Framework to 2020 has highlighted young drivers as a priority group. As a commitment to this priority a National Debate on Young Drivers was conducted and the report published in December 2010.

CONSULTATION ON ACTIVE TRAVEL BILL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2012

The active travel proposals are aimed at enabling more people to walk and cycle and travel by more active methods.

GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SETTING LOCAL SPEED LIMITS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The government has published for consultation draft guidance to local authorities on setting local speed limits. They propose to make it easier for local authorities to implement lower speed limits on urban and rural roads.

NEW STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR ROAD SAFETY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2011

The Government’s new Strategic Framework for Road Safety was launched on 11 May 2011 to coincide with the launch of the UN Decade for Action on Road Safety. This sets out the Government’s approach to continuing to reduce killed and seriously injured casualties on Britain’s roads. The focus is on increasing the range of educational options for drivers who make genuine mistakes and can be helped to improve, while improving enforcement against the most dangerous and deliberate offenders. Additionally, at the local level, there will be an increase in the road safety information that is available to local citizens.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

GO SAFE ON SCOTLAND’S ROADS IT’S EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY: SCOTLAND’S ROAD SAFETY FRAMEWORK TO 2020

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2012

The Scottish Government, as part of their continued commitment to road safety, have developed a new framework for improving road safety in Scotland over the next decade. It is the first time that Scotland has set their own road safety targets, with new targets to reduce the number of serious injuries on Scotland’s roads by half and the number of fatalities by 40 per cent.

PACTS PUBLISHES A ROAD SAFETY REVIEW AFTER 10 YEARS OF THE “TOMORROW’S ROADS: SAFER FOR EVERYONE” STRATEGY

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2010

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety(PACTS) has recently published its independent analysis of progress towards the 2010 road casualty reduction targets. The analysis is based on data up to the end of 2008.  Confirmed casualty data for 2010 will not be available until June 2011.

A SAFER WAY: CONSULTATION ON MAKING BRITAIN’S ROADS THE SAFEST IN THE WORLD

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2009

This consultation document includes proposed targets for reductions in deaths and serious injuries to be achieved by 2020. The views received in response to the proposals put forward will influence the final shape of the Department’s next road safety strategy, which is due to be published at the end of the year.

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY STRATEGY 2007-2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2007

Ireland’s third Road Safety Strategy seeks to build on the progress and understanding provided by the first two strategies (1998-2002 and 2004-2006), with the objective of radically – and sustainably – improving safety on Irish roads. It draws on the insight and experience of countries implementing best practice in road safety, among them The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and France. New Zealand, the states of Victoria and Queensland in Australia, and a number of states in the USA also provided valuable input.

TOMORROW’S ROADS – SAFER FOR EVERYONE: THE SECOND THREE-YEAR REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2007

This document reports on the second three-year review of the strategy Tomorrow’s roads – safer for everyone. It reports against the 2010 Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets and makes a general assessment of policy implementation, giving examples to illustrate where relevant. Given that there are only a few years left until 2010, this report also identifies the priority areas for attention and sets out what is intended to make Britain’s roads safer. This approach is jointly promoted by the Department for Transport (DFT), the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly Government.

YOUTH AND ROAD SAFETY IN EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

This briefing, along with the global report Youth and road safety, highlights some of the risk factors that put young people at increased risk. Although also relevant to all ages, factors such as speed, alcohol, not being conspicuous, not using crash helmets, seat-belts and child passenger restraints and road and vehicle designs that do not have inherent safety features built in increase the likelihood of serious road crashes.

POLICY, PLANNING AND DESIGN FOR WALKING AND CYCLING

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

This strategy for Wales sets out the policy context that supports the promotion of pedestrian and cycling facilities.  It also describes common design principles for pedestrian and cycle provision.

DJACENT AND SHARED USE FACILITIES FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2004

This strategy for Wales aimed to make it easier for people to walk or cycle to provision of shared or adjacent routes.  Improving safety for vulnerable road users is crucial in promoting the feasibility of these forms of transport.  All possibilities here are considered.

TOMORROW’S ROADS SAFER FOR EVERYONE. THE FIRST THREE – YEAR REVIEW

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

The Government’s road safety strategy Tomorrow’s roads – safer for everyone published in March 2000 set out a framework for delivering further improvements in road safety over the next decade and established new long term 10 year casualty reduction targets to be achieved by 2010.

THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is a strategy looks at the factors that will shape travel and transport networks.  It sets out the government’s vision for transport and how they will respond to those pressure, safeguarding economic and social well being and environment.  The document is built around three key themes:  (i) Sustained investment over the long term (ii) Improvements in transport management (iii) Planning ahead.

ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This is a 7 year programme is aimed at to reduce real and perceived danger for all road and footway users in Wales in order to promote safe and sustainable access.  The areas discussed in this document include road safety (e.g. targets, reducing road danger, joint working with other policy areas), delivering road safety standards, investigating collisions and causalities, safety for children, speed management, safety for pedestrians and cyclists, safety for horse riders, safety for motor vehicle users and safety for motorcyclists.

WALKING AND CYCLING STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This strategy aims to promote walking and cycling and their role in how we travel in Wales. The document points out the disadvantages of using private cars, particularly for short journeys. It highlights the benefits that walking and cycling can bring e.g. health, environmental, etc.  Delivering the strategy will mean that eh Welsh Assembly Government and its stakeholders will have to work together in partnership to make change happen.

NORTHERN IRELAND ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2002-2012

Countries Covered: Northern Ireland
Date: 
2002

The Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy seeks to promote an integrated approach to the planning, co-ordination and delivery of the Government’s road safety activities over the next decade, aimed at achieving the casualty reduction targets set out in the next section. It represents the commitment of the departments and agencies, whose activities contribute to road casualty reduction, to addressing the strategic objectives set out in the consultation document.

CHILD ROAD SAFETY – ACHIEVING THE 2010 TARGET

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2002

When the Government’s Road Safety StrategyTomorrow’s Roads – Safer for Everyone, was published in March 2000, it included targets to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in Great Britain as a result of road traffic accidents by 40%, and a more stringent target for children (under 16 years of age). The child target is a 50% reduction compared with the average for 1994-98. This child safety strategy sets out what will be done to improve road safety for children aged up to 15 to help meet the 2010 casualty reduction target, identifying priority areas and producing plans for further action.

THE TRANSPORT FRAMEWORK FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2001

A better and sustainable transport system is the strategic aim of the Transport Framework . The document sets out how the National Assembly for Wales aims to lead and support the delivery of the transport infrastructure and services needed in Wales.     Strategies identified will help guide and determine how and where future developments should be made to meet Wales’ economic, social and environmental needs.

TOMORROW’S ROADS SAFER FOR EVERYONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

This is a 10 year plan setting out the main ways the government plans to improve road safety.  The target is to reduce deaths and serious injuries overall by 40% and by 50% for children and also to keep slight injuries well below the increase in traffic. Safety is the most important responsibility of anyone involved in transport. Government, local authorities, police officers, civil engineers, car makers all have a role in creating the conditions for safe travel. New technology too will continue to play an important role. But we all have a responsibility as users drivers, riders, walkers, all of us.

TRANSPORT TEN YEAR PLAN 2000

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

This plan is designed to deliver the Government’s priorities: reduced congestion, better integration, and a wider choice of quicker, safer, more reliable travel on road, rail and other public transport.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN SPEED MANAGEMENT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2000

To achieve road safety targets this speed policy review has been developed to contribute to the reduction in death and injury on our roads by aiming for appropriate speeds on all roads.  Best practice in engineering, enforcement, education and publicity to achieve a workable and cost-effective approach has been examined.

A NEW DEAL FOR TRANSPORT: BETTER FOR EVERYONE

Countries Covered: UK
Date:
 1998

This document sets out the Government’s manifesto to create a more integrated transport system to tackle the problems of congestion and pollution through better public transport.  Throughout the document safety and injury prevention are considered for all modes of transport. It is recognised that cars will remain important and its use continuing to grow so the priority is maintaining existing roads and better management of the road network to improve reliability.