RoSPA warns of 'another lost decade' on road safety

01/10/2020
Chris Ames

New statistics have confirmed that the number of deaths on British roads continued to flatline at the end of the last decade, although the number of other casualties fell.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published Reported road casualties in Great Britain: 2019 annual report, which reveals that there were 1,752 reported road deaths during that year.

Officials pointed out that this is similar to the level seen since 2012, following a period of substantial reduction in fatalities from 2006 to 2010.

They added that although the number of fatalities was 2% less than in 2018 (1,784), ‘this small decrease may be due to natural variation’.

Michelle Harrington, road safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), said: ‘We are deeply concerned about the lack of progress made towards reducing the number of road accidents and deaths since 2010. We cannot afford for the 2020s to be another lost decade.

'We hope that the recent UK Government traffic policing consultation will provide an opportunity for a refocus on making our roads safer for all.’

Car occupants accounted for 42% of road deaths, with pedestrians next at 27%, followed by motorcyclists (19%) and pedal cyclists (6%).

Officials said that taking into account changes in traffic, the rate of fatalities per billion vehicle miles fell by 4% from 5.06 in 2018 to 4.87 fatalities per billion vehicle miles in 2019.

There were a total of 153,158 casualties of all severities in 2019, which was 5% lower than in 2018 and the lowest level since current methodologies were first used in 1979.

Of these were 25,945 serious injuries and 125,461 slightly injured casualties.

Officials advised that comparison of injury figures with earlier years should be made with caution due to changes in reporting by some police forces, which are likely to have made the recording of injury severity more accurate for forces using them.

A recently developed statistical methodology estimates that there would have been 30,144 serious injuries in 2019, if all police forces were using injury-based severity reporting systems.

Highways jobs

Operations Manager (Traffic & Compliance)

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
We’re looking for the right person for this role, so we don’t mind where you’re located, as long as... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Operations Manager (Traffic & Travel)

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
You’ll be responsible for developing strategies and delivering projects and programmes as part of the service senior management team - including... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Operations Manager (Development Control)

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
You’ll be responsible for the overall delivery of all highways and development control management in this varied role. Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Operations Manager (Assets)

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
It’s an exciting role where we’ll look to you to ensure highways projects are delivered against continuous improvement and... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Asset Manager

Barnet London Borough Council
£50k to £55k plus benefits
You’ll be part of a friendly team and work closely with the operations managers and senior team to... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Technical Supervisor

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
You’ll make an impact in a friendly team who are responsible for... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Traffic & Travel Manager

Barnet London Borough Council
TBC
As part of a friendly team, you’ll support the operations manager of traffic and travel in the overall delivery of... Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recruiter: Barnet London Borough Council

Environmental Surveyor

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£34,900 - £47,300 per annum
You will have practical experience of grounds and repair works to common parts of housing estates and... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Traffic Engineer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£25.137 - £34.209
We are looking to appoint a Traffic Engineer to work within the Traffic Group (Traffic Team) to
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Senior Travel Plan Officer

Somerset County Council
£25,991 to £29,577 per annum
Fantastic opportunity in Somerset to work in our Travel Plan Team within the Highways Development Management service as a... Somerset
Recruiter: Somerset County Council

Outdoor Learning Assistant

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£11,036 per annum
You will contribute to the outdoor learning programme for a wide range of participants visiting our Centres. Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Director of Operations

St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
£92,968 - £98,282
This role is an opportunity for talented, corporate thinking and grounded leaders to grow personally and professionally in... St Helens, Merseyside
Recruiter: St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Principal Traffic Management Engineer

City and County of Swansea Council
£38,890 to £42,821 per annum
You will enjoy an interesting and satisfying work-life with many opportunities to develop valuable skills and experience in the delivery of... Swansea (Abertawe)
Recruiter: City and County of Swansea Council

Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22995 - £24258 per annum + plus contractual overtime and allowances
It is an exciting time in Waste and Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This is a opportunity to be part of a busy, successful team mak England, London, Greenwich
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Principal Traffic Signal and ITS Engineer

Warwickshire County Council
£40,876.00 - £42,821.00 plus annual standby allowance of £2,562.84
You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation and maintenance of our Urban Traffic Management and Control System. Warwickshire
Recruiter: Warwickshire County Council

Refuse Driver

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.995 - £24.258
The successful candidates will work anywhere within the Borough of Greenwich, work outside in all weathers, and be able to use... Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Protection Group Leader

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£43,857 - £45,859
You will develop a strategic approach to deliver a service which promotes jobs and businesses, protects the safety of... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Project Officer - Air Quality

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£27,741 - £30,451
We’re looking for an additional team member to support the Senior Environmental Health Officers in... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recruiter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Customer Support Officer

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£25,833 - £29,796 per annum
The successful candidate for this role will be someone who has great administration and customer service qualities, and... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recruiter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Refuse Driver (LGV Chargehand Driver)

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22.995 - £24.258
It is an exciting time in Waste and Street Services at the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue
Also:
  • Highways Awards shortlist revealed
  • Jim O’Sullivan interview
  • Legalising e-scooters: risks and rewards
View the latest issue

Latest Video