The IAM says it is dismayed at the “lack of priority” given to road safety by the main political parties in their election manifestos.
The charity says no party has published any long or short-term initiatives to tackle “such a significant cause of death amongst young people”.
The IAM says the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats all “mention cyclists to the exclusion of other road users”, and UKIP talks about installing speed cameras as a deterrent in accident black spots.
It says the Green Party is the only party to have devoted any significant amount of space to road safety in its manifesto, covering issues including: reducing the drink drive limit to as close to zero as is practical; bringing down speed limits to 20mph in residential areas and 40mph on rural roads; and requiring best-practice technology to be fitted to lorries to ensure that drivers are fully aware of the presence of pedestrians and cyclists.
Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer, said: “The general election would have been the perfect opportunity for the political parties to show what a commitment they had to cutting the numbers of young people losing their lives in accidents that are entirely preventable. Instead, they’ve chosen to sweep the problem under the carpet.
“It is a massive disappointment that the major political parties are treating the issue of improving safety on the roads as an irritation rather than one they should have an instinctive desire to tackle.”