The IAM is using the party conference in Brighton as an opportunity to call on the Labour Party to back the reintroduction of targets for reducing injuries and deaths on the road.
The IAM says that a survey of local councillors that it conducted earlier this year showed that Labour councillors were the most committed to road safety. 74% of those polled said it was a priority for them, while 78% disagreed with the removal of road safety targets.
Internationally, road safety targets are seen as best practice and are used by most developed and developing countries. The IAM says that a target-led approach to road safety would allow the highest risk groups, such as cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers on rural roads, to be the focus of “well-coordinated enforcement, engineering and educational campaigns”.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Road safety targets work very effectively. In the past they joined up organisations.
“Local councils, the police, the NHS and safety camera partnerships used common targets to bring their policies together. And where there was a target, they always wanted to exceed it.”
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