I’m supporting the call from Brake, Britain’s leading road safety charity, for the introduction of an independent road collision investigation branch.
Brake’s new manifesto for safe and health mobility described Britain’s road safety record as ‘stagnating’, and advocates the reintroduction of casualty and performance indicators; as well as the creation of an investigative branch similar to that which investigates rail, air and maritime accidents. The manifesto highlights that there has been little improvement in reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on British roads – with a 1% decrease in the number of people killed on the roads from 2017 to 2018, but a 3% increase in the number of people seriously injured.
This manifesto contains an important set of asks on road safety, including the creation of an independent Road Collision Investigation Branch. Countries including Sweden- where the number of road deaths has halved since 2000 – have already opted to introduce a model along these lines, with experts working alongside police and coroners to look at accident data, analyse incidences and find a solution to emerging trends.
The manifesto also rightly highlights the need to reintroduce national road safety targets, which were scrapped the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition in 2010. We know that the reduction in road deaths since 2010 has only been 6.4% since 2010 compared to the EU average of 20.1%, and 1770 lives are still being lost on our roads every year. We need to look at why this is happening, and in response deliver the necessary investment to make our roads safer.
➡️You can read the manifesto here: http://www.brake.org.uk/assets/docs/Whatshappening/Influencegovernment/Brakes-Manifesto-for-Safe-and-Healthy-Mobility.pdf