The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is holding a seminar to look at how the reduction in public spending may impact on road safety strategies.
In light of increasing financial pressures on local authorities, and to enable as many delegates as possible to attend, the one-day seminar will replace RoSPA’s annual three-day Road Safety Congress. The seminar will take place on 15 February in Birmingham.
The seminar, ‘Road Safety in a Time of Reduced Public Spending’, will take look at the challenges faced by road safety professionals in the current economic climate. It will highlight the importance of evidence-based practice and evaluation in making the most of tight budgets.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said: “Reductions in road safety budgets are already being experienced and the likelihood is that there will be further cuts as budgets for the next financial year are set.
“The UK has been very successful in reducing road casualties over the last two decades, partly because our road safety policies and interventions have been based on comprehensive, evidence-led road safety strategies. This has helped secure and target road safety funding.
“However, road safety practitioners will now need to operate against a very different economic background, and will have to deliver their interventions within much smaller budgets. The phrase ‘more for less’ will echo through the next few years.”