PACTS report shows Britain has safe roads, but not for pedestrians

21/09/2016
Highways Reporters

A report published by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) suggests that Great Britain has consistently been among the world’s countries with the lowest rates of road deaths, but there are areas where the country does not compare well.

PACTS, which is a charity promoting safe transport for all, says that in the past decade the UK has been second to Malta in the league table of safest countries. In particular, Britain has fewer vehicle occupant deaths per head of population. Other high-performing European countries are Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland – two EU member states and two non-members.

However, measured against other leading countries, Britain has a number of less impressive statistics including more vulnerable road user deaths per head of population (particularly pedestrians and motorcyclists), but no evidence of higher levels of activity (exposure) and a higher ratio of 18-24 year old road user deaths relative to other age groups, possibly reflecting the lower driving age limit in the UK.

Other areas of the report say that Britain has a higher proportion of deaths on roads with speed limits of 60mph and above, and more deaths per unit length of motorway.  It has also found that new cars have lower Euro NCAP safety ratings for new cars; and Euro NCAP pedestrian protection scores which are only 19th out of 28 European countries.

Commenting, executive director, David Davies, said, “It is often said that Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world.  Sweden, Netherlands, Norway and Switzerland are the others.  But do we have the safest roads, the safest vehicles or the safest road users by comparison with other high performing countries? Are there areas where, comparatively speaking, Britain could do better and where investment and effort might be best concentrated?

“This report by leading transport safety consultants TRL shows that, over the past 10 years, the UK has been second to Sweden in the league table of fewest deaths per head of population. However, deaths among pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are noticeably greater in the UK.

“The report highlights a number of areas where the UK could do better.  Perhaps surprisingly, new cars in the UK have, on average, lower safety ratings than cars in other top performing countries.  More worrying is that the average pedestrian protection rating for UK new cars is only 19th out of 28 European countries. The government needs to promote cars that are low on emissions and high on safety, including pedestrian protection. PACTS urges the public and private sectors to buy only the safest vehicles – those with a 5* safety rating.”
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