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PACTS Members Meeting

  • Thursday December 31, 2020

The IHE has for many years been supporters and members of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) and recently attended a virtual members meeting.

It’s well to  remember that, even during these COVID-19 times, there is still much progress to be made in reducing death and serious injury on our roads and the meeting covered some significant steps towards that goal.

The Stockholm declaration called, among other things, for a reduction in road deaths by 50% by 2030 and the adoption of 30km/h limits in areas where vulnerable road users  and vehicles mix.

The UN General Assembly resolution, Improving Global Road Safety, was passed in August 2020 and supported by the UK. It sets out a new decade of action 2021- 30, with the goal of halving killed and seriously injured numbers by 2030.

More locally, Transport Scotland’s Road Safety Framework for 2030 is coming to the end of its consultation with a clear vision on reducing casualties based on the safe system approach, and the  goal of having the best road safety performance in the world.

Meanwhile in Wales, IHE past president Ian Bradfield gave a presentation on the options and challenges for a wider, more national  approach to 20mph roads with the presumption being in residential/local neighbourhoods that 20mph should apply.

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