The Road Safety Foundation has today launched its annual GB EuroRAP results ‘Measuring to Manage’, sponsored by Ageas, analysing 11% of Britain’s road network where the 51% of road deaths take place. On the back of the report, Ageas is supporting the call from the Road Safety Foundation for the Government to target new investment so that the safety of the network is raised in a measureable way.
Report highlights include:
- The risk to road users is now seven times greater on single carriageway A roads than motorways
- Running off the road accounts for 30% of all deaths
- Junction crashes are the most common crash leading to serious injury
- 99% of motorways are rated in the ‘low risk’ category; 97% of single carriageways are not
- Britain’s economy loses more than 2% of GDP in road crashes
Speaking at the Parliamentary launch of the report, Andy Watson commented:
"For the insurance industry, the report provides real insights into how critical the safety of road infrastructure is, with more than half of those killed annually dying on just 10% of the road network. I hope the results of this report will go some way to driving forward the agenda on tackling the flaws in our road network and introducing more measurable ways of improving the infrastructure.
"It’s encouraging that the Government has recently outlined its strategic vision for the road network and I am also looking forward to the imminent publication of its green paper on young drivers, which I hope will outline some clear actions to reduce accidents in this important demographic.
"To reinforce the agenda on improving road safety, we have made more funding available to the Foundation so they can research the benefits of adopting the ‘safe system’ approach in the UK. The focus will be on setting vehicle, road and driver safety objectives that will significantly reduce fatalities or serious injuries on our roads. The creation of minimum three star rating standard for our roads is one such recommendation that will be further explored. Ageas will use the output in response to the Government green paper when it is published."
Notes to editors
"Measuring to Manage: Tracking the safety of Britain’s major road network" report is temporarily available at http://www.roadsafetyfoundation.org/british-eurorap-results-2013-embargoed-content.aspx and will be on the Road Safety Foundation website on Thursday 24 October.
*Regional summaries are also available on this link, along with a breakdown of road risk nationally and by parliamentary constituency.
About the Road Safety Foundation
The Road Safety Foundation is a UK charity advocating road casualty reduction through simultaneous action on all three components of the safe road system: roads, vehicles and behaviour. Several of its published reports have provided the basis of new legislation or government policy. For more information visit www.roadsafetyfoundation.org