IAM calls for less road injuries
Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for a raft of measures to reverse the increase in numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads, as announced recently by the government. The Department of Transport’s ‘Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2014 Annual Report’ said there were 1,775 reported road deaths in 2014, an increase of 4% compared with 2013. It added the number of people seriously injured in reported road traffic accidents increased by 5% to 22,807 in 2014. The IAM is urging the government to take radical steps to reverse these figures before they become what it describes as a long-term epidemic.
IAM Director of Policy and Research, Neil Greig, said, ‘We are clear on what needs to be done here. We call again for road safety targets to be reintroduced – they are an internationally recognised way of ensuring reductions are measured and achieved. There also must be a greater focus on driver and rider quality and incentives for companies and individuals to continuously develop their skills.’