Responding to the casualty stats for 2013, PACTS says that the UK “no longer tops the international league table for road safety”, and adds that “progress in reducing roads deaths since 2010 has slowed dramatically”.
In a strongly worded statement, David Davies, executive director of PACTS, said: “There were welcome falls in the number of road casualties reported in 2013.
“However, the number of people killed shows a fall of only 2% in 2013 and progress since 2010 has been lamentable.
Mr Davies says the Government is “failing” and “badly needs to step up its efforts” to ensure that Britain remains a world leader on road safety.
Mr Davies added: “Whereas in the three years 2006-09 the number of people killed fell by 950 (30%), in the period 2010-2013 it fell by only 137 (7%). The reductions that resulted from the economic recession seem to be at an end.
“This Government has rejected the independent report by Sir Peter North to cut the drink drive limit, reneged on its commitment to publish a green paper on young driver safety, and has taken little action to tackle the high levels of casualties on rural roads.
“At the same time, resources for roads policing and local authority road safety continue to fall. The Government published its “final progress report” on its road safety action plan last year yet there is so much that remains to be done.”
PACTS says that the Government figures for 2013 confirm the recent PIN report from the European Transport Safety Council which showed that the UK no longer tops the international road safety league table. Sweden now heads the table with 27 deaths per 100 million population compared with 28 in the UK.