Clear vision on road safety 'needed'

A new report from the House of Commons Transport Committee has called on the Government to adopt stronger leadership and a clearer vision over the issue of road safety.

The committee called on ministers to provide an explanation for the increase in road deaths last year - the first annual rise since 2003 - and urged to Government to provide reassurances that the rise is not the start of a trend in road deaths across the UK.

According to the report, the leading cause of death among young people aged 16 to 24 was road accidents.

Despite previous assurances that road safety, particularly among young drivers, was a priority for the Government, the MPs on the Transport Committee said they were "not convinced that this is reflected in the road safety strategy".

The report added that successfully spreading the message about the importance of road safety would need "stronger leadership and a clearer vision" from the Government.

The MPs said: "We would like to see the inclusion of plans, outlined to us by the Department for Transport, to name and shame local authorities that are under-performing on road safety."

At the launch of the report, Louise Ellman MP, chairman of the Transport Committee, said MPs were concerned over last year's road death figures, which amounted to 1,901 people.

She added: "Action is required to improve road safety for young drivers, including an independent review of driver training."

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