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Commissioner welcomes independent review into road safety

The independent Road Safety Management Capacity Review, commissioned by Government and released today by the Department for Transport (DfT), sets out opportunities to improve road safety.

Commissioner welcomes independent review into road safety

It highlighted wide range of opportunities for strengthening joint working across local and national partners to improve road safety.

This comes as the Government earlier this month announced its intention to develop an action plan based on the four priority user groups of young people, rural road users, motorcyclists and older vulnerable users.

Police and Crime Commissioners will play an important role in working with the DfT and others in delivering these measures.

“I am extremely pleased that Government has started to reprioritise road safety and that the DfT recognises the important role that PCCs play in delivering these vital measures,” she said.

“The number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads is a national problem and a huge cause for concern. The user groups identified by the DfT are among those over-represented in casualty figures and I am pleased to see that they are the focus of these measures.” 

“As directly elected representatives of our communities, PCCs have a crucial role to play in responding to the concerns of their communities and holding partners to account for the delivery of services.  On behalf of PCC’s I shall be writing to both the DfT and Home Office offering our support and outlining the contribution PCC’s can make to this important area.”

Ministers have also recently announced major investments in road safety engineering projects across England and Wales, the launch of a competition inviting innovation in the design of road side breathalysers and to commission a study by the RAC Foundation to better understand the cause of road traffic collisions.

The full review is avaiable here >