Lord Whitty has been appointed chairman of the Road Safety Foundation, taking over from Lord Dubs who has led the charity since 2007.
Larry Whitty (John Lawrence Whitty) became a life peer in 1996. From 2001 to 2005 he served as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions where his responsibilities included roads and road safety. He was also chair of Consumer Focus between 2006-2011, which campaigns for a fair deal for consumers in England, Wales and Scotland.
Lord Whitty said: “I am delighted to be taking on this role at this time. As government moves to legislate so that road users are treated as customers, there is a pressing need to ensure the safety of the road infrastructure we pay for is independently measured and published to international norms. We should not be driving 5-star cars on 1- and 2-star roads.”
The Road Safety Foundation
The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity advocating road casualty reduction through simultaneous action on all three components of the safe road system: roads, vehicles and behaviour. Several of its published reports have provided the basis of new legislation or government policy.