Government rules out reintroduction of road safety targets

The Department for Transport (DfT) has ruled out the reintroduction of road casualty reduction targets, which helped reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads between 1987 and 2010.

Despite calls from safety and fleet industries to reintroduce the targets, DfT has suggested that local authorities are in a better position to improve road safety compared to a centralised national target.

Car dealers regularly ensure they have motor trade insurance policies and road risk insurance in place to cover car garage drivers and customers if they have an accident on site or during the sales process. However, fleet owners argues that the reintroduction of safety targets would reduce the overall number of accidents taking place around the country.

Despite failing to reintroduce the targets, the DfT has stated that it is determined to do more to reduce the number of accidents and deaths on the roads across the country.

Speaking to Fleet News, a DfT spokesman said: “We are making sure that we have the right legal, education, and investment frameworks in place to make our roads safer. We have already introduced new laws, given the police tougher powers to tackle dangerous driving and are investing billions to improve the conditions of our road network."