The government has announced proposals
for a ten year plan to reduce road accident deaths and serious
injuries - 21st April 2009
The government has announced proposals to reduce
in Britain beyond 2010 in a 10 year plan.
The main focus to reduce road accidents will be focused on
reducing speed limits and targeting learner drivers to educate
The proposals include recommendations to reduce speed limits in
urban areas from 30mph to 20mph, and introducing 20mph zones
Countryside roads will be under review from their local
authorities where if it is found that they are
black spots they will be able to reduce the speed limits.
More information will be available to learner drivers about
instructors to help them choose one.
Van drivers will be able to take a new vocational qualification.
Jim Fitzpatrick a Department for Transport (DfT) Minister said:
"We've already made real improvements to the safety of our roads
- there are now almost 17,000 fewer deaths or serious injuries
in a year than there were in the mid-1990s. But it is
intolerable that eight people are still dying on our roads each
"The major changes to the driver training and testing process
will create better-prepared drivers while our plans for the next
10 years aim to make the roads and vehicles they use safer and
so prevent many of the terrible crashes which cut short lives
and tear families apart."
Researchers into road accidents claim that one in five die when
hit by a vehicle at 30mph, but this is reduced to one in forty