Brake ‘appalled’ by Government’s Red Tape Challenge

15.06 | 13 June 2011 |

Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed ‘extreme concern’ over the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, which includes plans to cut regulations on road safety and cycling.

The regulations under review cover road rules, speed limits and those which aim to protect the safety of road users, such as the wearing of motorcycle helmets and seat belts.

Brake, however, say they are extremely concerned by the “blasé approach” the Government is taking to removing hard-fought for “life-saving” regulation.

Julie Townsend, campaigns director for Brake, says: “As a charity that supports people suffering heartbreak that results from a road death or serious injury, we are appalled by the message that this sends out.

“The suggestion that life-preserving road safety regulation is merely ‘red-tape’ belittles the importance of saving lives on our roads. It is akin to questioning child protection law, or any laws that prohibit violent, life-threatening behaviour.

 “It is telling that many of the comments appearing on the Government’s site are calling for more regulation to protect vulnerable road users in particular.”

For more information Ellen Booth, from Brake, on 01484 559909.


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