Roads Deaths Aren’t Declining In The UK

New figures suggest that road deaths are remaining stable in the UK, having failed to improve over recent years…

Road Deaths Aren’t Falling 

The UK’s roads are, statistically, some of the safest in the world. However, road deaths have remained relatively stable over recent years; having failed to decline. For instance, 1,558 people were fatally injured on the road network in 2021. This is 7% more than in 2020 (which was naturally marked by various lockdowns) and 11% less than in 2019.

However, there was a rate of 5.2 fatalities per billion vehicle miles last year. This is a higher rate than back in 2019. Now some commentators are suggesting that more must be done to improve road safety across the country.

Simon Williams, the RAC’s road safety spokesman, has called on the Government to take action. He said, “while the overall number of road deaths is down on pre-pandemic levels, the fatality rate per billion miles driven has increased suggesting little progress is being made in making our roads safer”.

He added, “we urge the Government to publish its updated road safety plan which focuses on both improving car safety – including mandating technology such as intelligent speed assist in new cars – as well as measures to tackle poor driving standards and illegal behaviour behind the wheel”.

UK Must be a Leader 

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, has said that the UK should be a world leader when it comes to road safety. He said, “the wider introduction of micromobility into the national transport picture must look at how we can adopt new and emerging personal mobility tech without compromising the safety of all road users, including pedestrians”.

He continued, “Great Britain has some of the world’s safest roads, making it to number six in the world league, but the ambition needs for it to be the leader in reducing and eliminating road traffic fatalities. With a new Ministerial transport team, we strongly urge the new Secretary of State to put road safety front and centre of her priorities”.

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