Budget must not impact on road safety, say IAM

Published: 25 June 2010

The Institute for Advanced Motorists is urging the government to continue spending on road safety measures, and warn that anticipated cuts in the Budget must not compromise the reductions of people killed or injured.

Figures released recently have shown a decline in the number of deaths on British roads, including a 4% decrease in motorcyclists deaths.

However the Chancellor did not reveal how the government plans to cut £683million from the Department for Transport’s budget. 

Neil Greig, the IAM’s Policy and Research Director, said, “The IAM is pleased to see the continued downward trend in road deaths in the UK.

“The impact of casualty reduction targets has been enormous. If we continue at our current rate of investment, annual road deaths in the UK could slip well below 2,000 by 2020.

“We must maintain budgets if this downward trend is to continue. Every death on UK roads costs society £1.68m. We need investment in safer drivers and safer roads.”