Road safety strategy

AA President and Paul Clark from DfT to take part in live webchat

6 July 2009

AA president Edmund King

Road safety strategy webchat

On 9 July, starting at 12:00, Paul Clark, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and Edmund King, President of the Automobile Association, will take part in a joint webchat on the Number10 website to discuss the proposals in the governments new road safety strategy consultation.

Visit the Number10 website for more details.

How do we make Britain's roads the safest in the world? This will be the key question to be addressed by Edmund King, AA President and Paul Clark, Road Safety Minister in a 10 Downing Street web chat about the proposed new road safety strategy this Thursday 9 July at noon.

An AA/Populus survey of almost 14,000 drivers,sup>1 shows that motorists support the new road safety target, but just how much depends on the gender of the driver.

Overall, 59 per cent of Britain's drivers feel that the new headline target - a reduction of 33 per cent in road deaths over the years to 2020, is either about right, or under ambitious, with 16 per cent choosing the don't know option. But 25 per cent feel this is over ambitious, and here there is a marked difference between men and women, with just 18 per cent of women feeling this against 30 per cent of men.

A similar pattern emerges when drivers are asked how happy they would be if extra regulations, for example, lower speed and alcohol limits and greater police enforcement were applied to drivers. Here an overall 58 per cent would be content, but again the gender difference emerges, with only 49 per cent of men happy to see this against 70 per cent of women. Seventeen percent of the sample was ambivalent about more regulation.

Edmund King, AA president said: "Road safety is something that affects everyone but there is a major gender gap with over twice as many men involved in injury accidents as women. A new strategy is something that matters to us all and will affect us all over the next ten years. We are delighted that the Minister has agreed to open up the discussion on the super highway. We urge drivers, cyclists, motorbike riders, and pedestrians to submit their questions."

Summary of proposal

On 21st April the government published its proposals for a road sfaety strategy for the next ten to twenty years. This was broadly welcomed by the AA.

the proposals included

  • New guidance to ensure that all roads have the right speed limit. This will recommend that local authorities:
    • Introduce, over time, 20 mph zones or limits on streets around schools and which are primarily residential in nature to protect pedestrians and cyclists
    • Review speed limits on single carriageway rural roads, reducing the limit on the more dangerous roads where this will have a significant impact on casualties
  • The formation of a new independent expert panel to identify issues and trends from fatal accidents and provide an annual report on road safety to Ministers and Parliament
  • New targets to cut road deaths by one-third by 2020, to halve the number of child deaths and serious injuries on the roads and to halve the rate of road death and serious injury to pedestrians and cyclists per kilometre travelled

Join the discussion in the AA zone


8 July 2009