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On 21st April 2009 the government issued the following :-

  • Wide-ranging proposals to dramatically cut the number of deaths on the roads were set out by Road Safety Minister Jim Fitzpatrick on Tuesday 21st April, 2009 in the consultation on the road safety strategy for 2010-2020 – A Safer Way: Consultation on Making Britain’s Roads the Safest in the World.


  • The consultation proposals include:
  • New guidance to ensure all roads have the right speed limit. This will recommend that local authorities:
    • Introduce, over time, 20 mph zones or limits into streets around schools and which are primarily residential in nature to protect pedestrians and cyclists.
    • Review speed limits on single carriageway rural roads, reducing the limit on the more dangerous roads where this will have a significant impact on casualties. 
  • The formation of a new independent expert panel to identify issues and trends from fatal accidents and provide an annual report on road safety to Ministers and Parliament. 
  • New targets to cut road deaths by one-third by 2020, to halve the number of child deaths and serious injuries on the roads and to halve the rate of road death and serious injury to pedestrians and cyclists per kilometre travelled.

In addition, the way people learn to drive and how they are tested is also set for major reform. A new road safety qualification will offer young people a partial credit towards their car theory test while the learning process and theory and practical tests will all be improved. Van drivers also will be given the chance to enhance the skills they need for their work through a new qualification.

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