IAM RoadSmart has launched a new manifesto calling on road safety professionals to ‘work together to reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the UK’s roads’.
Launched today (30 May), one of the headlines of the 12 point manifesto is a call for legislators, car makers and smartphone companies to work with road users on practical solutions to address driver distraction, especially smartphone usage.
New drivers are included in the manifesto, with IAM RoadSmart calling for further changes to post-driving test driving rules and a 12 month minimum learning period for new drivers.
The manifesto also highlights the importance of road safety at work, which IAM RoadSmart describes as a ‘critical health and safety issue that requires higher priority’ which should be at ‘the core of good corporate governance for every employer’.
IAM RoadSmart says making informed procurement choices is vital, and the manifesto urges Defra to implement cross-government procurement rules which accelerates the uptake of safe new vehicles with features such as autonomous braking.
On drink driving, the charity calls for a reduction in the limit in England and Wales, matching that already in place for Scotland.
Areas including infrastructure, motorcycling and fitness to drive are also covered in the manifesto.
Sarah Sillars, IAM RoadSmart’s chief executive officer, said: “The UK has one of the best road safety records in Europe, but still 1,730 people a year are killed.
“We believe by working together with government and the road safety ‘industry’ we can deliver a step change in road safety and significantly reduce the fatalities and injuries which occur daily on our roads.”