A number of ‘road safety champions’ – including the UK – experienced an increase in road casualties in 2011, according to a new report from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
The ETSC’s sixth PIN Report, which looks at Europe’s progress towards road casualty reduction, shows that 2011 was a year of mixed results, with several countries, including the UK, Netherlands and Germany, seeing an increase in road deaths after years of sustained reductions.
The report includes an analysis of the institutional and financial arrangements for road safety in each of the EU member states, with the UK receiving two red cards out of three. PACTS describes this as “a position that should give us cause for concern as we implement the Strategic Framework for Road Safety”.
Norway and Latvia top the ranks for reduction in road deaths between 2010 and 2011, followed by Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Denmark, Ireland and the Czech Republic – all of whom achieved reductions of more than 10%.
At 28%, Estonia saw the highest increase in road deaths while Sweden fared little better with an increase of 20%.
Overall, 30,108 people lost their lives on EU roads in 2011, a 3% reduction compared to the corresponding figure for 2010. However, the corresponding reduction in 2010 was 11%.
Robert Gifford, executive director of PACTS, said: “This report highlights our failure to set a robust target or to have a plan with objectives and timescales.
“Our two red cards put us in the same category as Belgium, the Czech republic, Greece, Luxembourg and Portugal – not our natural comparators for road safety. I urge the Government to read the report carefully and take its conclusions seriously.”
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