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Road safety remains ‘in the doldrums’, says IAM RoadSmart

That’s the reaction from IAM RoadSmart following the DfT’s publication of the latest reported road casualty figures for Great Britain.

The quarterly provisional estimates show there were 1,770 road deaths in the year ending June 2018 – a figure that has been largely static since 2012.

A total of 26,610 people killed or seriously injured (KSI) were reported to the police in the year ending June 2018, compared with 26,664 in the year ending June 2017.

Between April and June 2018, 400 people were killed in reported road crashes. This is a decrease of 1% compared to the same quarter of 2017. In addition there were 7,060 killed or seriously injured casualties and 33,620 slightly injured casualties during this quarter.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart director of policy and research, said: “Road safety in the UK seems to be once again bumping along the floor with no forward progress.

“With eight years without progress it is clear that we have an increasingly complex picture of good news, such as safer cars and investment in new roads, being cancelled out by more traffic and a hard core of human behaviour issues that are the most difficult to tackle.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the Department of Transport has rightly identified young drivers, older road users, rural roads and motorcycling as its key priority areas. Today’s figures are a sharp reminder that their eagerly awaited action plan for the next two years cannot come too soon.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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