RoSPA warns UK road safety progress has come to a grinding halt

There’s a warning the United Kingdom is lagging behind other European countries when it comes to road safety progress in reducing the number of people killed on its roads.

The accident prevention charity, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents says the latest Global Status Report on Road Safety should be a wakeup call to Government, as figures from the report and RoSPA’s analysis of recent road safety statistics suggests the UK road safety progress has come to a grinding halt since 2010, with fatalities and injuries plateauing. 

RoSPA is calling for the Government to publish its Road Safety Strategic Framework which has not been updated in England since 2019. 

It says this December marks a decade of stagnation, during which we have seen a five per cent reduction in deaths across Great Britain versus a 46 per cent reduction across UK in the decade to 2010. 

While road safety in the UK has stalled, overall, the European region has seen a 36 per cent reduction in road deaths.

David Walker, Head of Road and Leisure Safety at RoSPA, said: “We are seeing around 81 people killed or seriously injured on our roads every day, which is unacceptable and evidently linked to the dramatic lack of UK road safety progress over the last decade.

“We cannot and must not wait to act and urge the Government to publish its long overdue Road Safety Strategic Framework for England, and to set out casualty reduction targets that are in line with other G7 nations. Only then can we begin to address our woeful position on the road safety leaderboard.”

Read the full WHO report here.

(File picture – RAC)

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