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Road Safety Review

Volume 115: debated on Friday 8 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport when the Government's road safety review will be concluded; and if he will make a statement.

I have today sent a copy of the Review to the Chairman of the Transport Committee and will be placing copies in the Library of both Houses.The main conclusions in the report are

  • —there is no simple formula for solving the problem of road accident casualties
  • —there needs to be a deeper understanding in society of the existing dangers on the road and how to tackle them
  • —more research is required, both to expand knowledge of the human factors at work in road accidents, and to develop insights for future progress
  • —the key task is the substantive reduction of casualties among vulnerable road users occurring on roads in urban areas
  • —the key strategy is the redirection of available resources towards measures—existing and potential, national and local—which are demonstrably cost-effective in terms of casualty reduction, particularly in the fields of road and vehicle safety engineering.