Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 27 October 2022.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the reasons for road casualties to have returned to pre covid-19 levels; and when her Department plans to publish a casualty reduction strategy.

Photo of Katherine Fletcher Katherine Fletcher Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

In 2021, road casualties showed signs of a return to pre-pandemic trends, increasing compared to 2020 when casualty numbers were low, largely as a result of periods of lockdown resulting in a reduction in road traffic. Over the second half of the year, both casualties and traffic returned to levels similar to those in 2019. Monthly changes in casualties during 2021 generally showed a similar trend to changes in motor vehicle traffic levels.

We announced in the summer of 2021 that we would devise a new Road Safety Strategic Framework which will include a new implementation plan to improve road safety. This will be published in due course.

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