MPs attack Government road safety response

30 Oct, 2012 1:04pm Chris Ebbs

MPs accuse the Government of not doing enough to improve road safety

The Government’s stance and response to road safety issues has been slammed by the Transport Select Committee.

In its latest report, Chair of the Committee, Louise Ellman, criticised the Government for not doing enough to improve road safety and that the Department for Transport (DFfT) had “wasted an opportunity to demonstrate focus and leadership on road safety”.

She said: “Generalised talk about everyone playing their part to bring road casualties down should not be allowed to hide central government's responsibilities to keep local authorities, the police, other agencies and the public fully focused on delivering significant and sustained improvements in road safety.

The report also questioned the Government’s response to the growing numbers of casualties amongst young drivers: “I am particularly disappointed that the Government hasn’t accepted the committee’s recommendation to initiate an independent review of driver training.”.