Roads: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 3rd November 2015.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish a national road safety strategy.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will set road casualty reduction targets.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Government has not set road safety targets for local authorities or the police, and is not considering reinstating them. We do not believe that further persuasion is needed on the importance of road safety through “Whitehall knows best” diktats. However, local authorities and the police are free to set their own targets if they find this useful.

The Conservative Manifesto 2015 had a commitment to reduce the number of cyclists and other road users killed or injured on our roads every year. We are working closely with road safety groups to consider what more can be done and we believe that every death is a tragedy and is one too many.

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Chris Beazer
Posted on 4 Nov 2015 5:08 pm (Report this annotation)

This is the government that pledged to end "the war on the motorist" and part of that plan was to remove targets for casualty reduction. The result of that has been a rise in casualties, particularly among vulnerable road users. The Conservative government does not care about road users other than drivers as it thinks they are natural Conservative supporters.