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Road safety: recent progress and future work

  • Thursday June 14, 2018

The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but every road death is an unnecessary tragedy. That is why the last government set out an ambitious range of further measures to enhance the safety of UK road users in its 2015 Road safety statement.

On 13th June a progress report on the delivery of the planned actions from that statement has been published by the DfT. Good headway has been made: 15 of the 23 short-term actions have been delivered including 3 where the original objectives have been exceeded. Penalties for using mobile phones when driving have been significantly increased, the commitments to funding police forces in England and Wales to build drug-driving enforcement capability has been exceeded, and most recently new legislation came into force on 4 June 2018 allowing learners to drive on motorways when accompanied by an instructor in a dual control car. A copy of the progress report has been placed in the libraries of both Houses.

This is good progress. But it is only part of a wider picture.

For more information and to view the report click here.

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