In a new policy briefing entitled ‘Road Safety Beyond 2010’, PACTS stresses the importance of a road safety vision and strategy beyond 2010.
In the briefing, PACTS says: “A road safety vision and strategy for beyond 2010 is vital if we are to achieve political, professional and public buy-in and make a significant impact on casualty numbers.
“A vision and strategy are necessary parts of a safe system approach to road safety which stresses the importance of and interaction between the road user, the road environment and the vehicle.
“Prioritising a vision and road safety strategy against which outcomes and progress can be measured will encourage the most effective use of resources.”
PACTS goes on to say that the coalition government will be ‘looking afresh at road safety’ in the context of its commitment to reducing public spending, and urges the government to:
• Maintain and build on Britain’s reputation and experience as a world leader for road safety.
• Commit to working towards having the safest road users in the world beyond 2010, and to a reduction in road deaths to no more than 1,000 per year by 2020.
• Focus resource on need, alleviate high-risk areas of the system and generate greater equality between all road users.
• Maintain its focus on evaluation of effective delivery of policy outcomes.
• Centre the road safety vision, strategy and goals upon the safe system approach.
• Complete the process of strategy and goal formulation in consultation with professionals in the field and service users.