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Road safety funding - No time to apply the brakes

The UK has been very successful in making its roads safer over the past few decades but the advances made could easily be lost of funding for road safety is cut back too far, says the transafe network’s Saul Jevons

Saul Jevons of Transafe warns against “fixing what ain’t broke” when people are contemplating how to proceed in a time of financial austerity (photo copyright the Transafe Network)
Saul Jevons of Transafe warns against “fixing what ain’t broke” when people are contemplating how to proceed in a time of financial austerity (photo copyright the Transafe Network)
Road safety initiatives need to be co-ordinated and targeted if they are to be effective, Jevons argues (photo copyright the Transafe Network)
Road safety initiatives need to be co-ordinated and targeted if they are to be effective, Jevons argues (photo copyright the Transafe Network)

 

In a time when UK road deaths are at record lows, with significant reductions in public sector spending and challenging trading conditions for the private sector, road safety may be at risk of becoming a victim of its own successes. The 1967 White Paper Road Safety – a Fresh Approach laid the foundations (by leading to the statutory duties in the Road Traffic Acts of 1974 and 1988) for the organisational structures we have today but, before that, road safety provision was founded on a...

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