DSA publishes road safety guidelines
Authorities across the UK are set to be given updated guidance on road safety after the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) published documents for consultation on how to make their areas more secure.
Roads minister Mike Penning will now look over the information for approval with the full and final guidance being published later in the year. The DSA has highlighted a number of ways that local councils can improve the safety on the roads within their jurisdiction and help to reduce the amount of people that are killed on highways across the UK. Among these recommendations included authorities being more flexible when it comes to introducing 20 mph zones within residential areas.
However, the organisation noted that these should only be implemented when it can be shown to benefit the area and improve road safety as well as the quality of life for those living in the vicinity. The DSA is keen to reduce the amount of road deaths across the UK, which rose for the first time since 2003 last year and the Transport Select Committee was quick to condemn the findings. It noted that road accidents was now the biggest killer of young adults aged between 16 and 24 and called on agencies responsible for the highways to take decisive action.
Now, under the DSA's latest guidelines, which is aimed at those jurisdictions in England, local councils will be able to access information about how new speeding regulation is able to help and affect their area through an appraisal web tool. It shows authorities how they will impact on the region in terms of financial benefits as well as potential problems it may cause to the current traffic system.
Mr Penning said: "We are publishing updated guidance for consultation. This includes a number of initiatives we have introduced to improve road safety, including making it easier for local authorities and communities to put in place 20 mph schemes, or use common-sense measures such as variable speed limits outside schools."
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