A new report which projects road casualties until 2030 should act as a “wake up call for the Government on road safety”, according to the shadow transport minister.
The report, Projections of road casualties in Great Britain to 2030, is authored by Kit Mitchell and Richard Allsop and published by PACTS.
The report concludes that for all groups for which “reliable projections are possible”, the number of casualties is projected to fall by 2030. Road deaths are projected to fall from 1,754 in 2012 to about 1,000 in 2030, and serious casualties to fall from 23,039 to about 11,000. The report suggests that by 2030 there are likely to be about 150,000 slight casualties and around 162,000 casualties of all severities.
The report suggests that at 2012 prices, “prevention of these projected numbers of casualties in 2030 would be valued at about £6bn”. It also puts the value of preventing all road casualties (about 3.5m) in the two decades ending 2030 at about £160bn.
Richard Burden, shadow road safety minister, said: “This report should be a wake up call for the Government on road safety.
“Ministers axed Labour’s ambitious targets to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Now we know that a third of a million people will be killed or seriously injured between now and 2030 if the Government continues on their current course. It’s unacceptable.
“We need a new vision for road safety which will build on international best practice and ensure our streets are safe, healthy and sustainable places to be.”