The Welsh Government is to consult on its “vision zero” Road Safety Delivery Plan which was launched last week (20 September) and includes ambitious targets to reduce casualties.
The consultation, which sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to road safety until 2020, includes ambitious targets for motorcyclists and young drivers and an aspirational goal of no road fatalities in the future. It also includes a commitment to press the UK Government to reduce the drink drive limit to bring Wales closer in line with the rest of Europe.
In 2011 motorcyclists accounted for 1% of road traffic in Wales but 39% of those killed and seriously injured (KSI), while young people made up 11% of driving licence holders but 23% of casualties.
The Road Safety Delivery Plan includes the following specific targets:
- A 40% reduction in total KSIs on Welsh roads by 2020 (562 fewer KSIs);
- A 25% reduction in motorcyclist KSIs by 2020 (64 fewer KSIs);
- A 40% reduction in young people KSIs (16-24 years) by 2020 (139 fewer KSIs).
Carl Sargeant, the minister with responsibility for transport, said: “This plan is not for the short-term – it sets out our approach until 2020. It may be considered unrealistic to envisage zero fatalities, but it should be a Government aspiration to tackle avoidable deaths such as road traffic collisions and do all that we can to avert them.
“We view this ambitious ‘vision zero’ approach as an acknowledgement of our commitment and want all key partners to share in and work towards making it a reality.”
The consultation will end on 13 December 2012 and the final plan is anticipated to be published in early 2013.
Click here to read the full Government news release; click here to access the full consultation document; or for more information contact James Burgess, Local Government and Communities, on 02920 801064.