Improved education and training is likely to have produced better and safer drivers, contributing to another fall in the number of road casualties in the UK, according to the Department for Transport (DfT).
The number of people killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads has fallen to its lowest level since records began. In 2013 1713 people died, two per cent fewer than in the previous year. The number of seriously injured casualties fell by six per cent to 21,657 in 2013, compared to 2012. There was a slight increase in traffic over the same period.
The Department for Transport’s Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain, published last month, states that the proportion of drivers exceeding the speed limit has decreased. “This might not only help drivers avoid accidents altogether, but also might reduce the severity and number of casualties when they do occur,” the report says. “Improved education and training is likely to have produced better and safer drivers.”
This is no time for complacency.
Jon Abbott, director of Cardinus Risk Management, said, “To have driver training highlighted by the Department for Transport as one of the factors in reducing road casualties is very encouraging. We believe driver training and occupational road risk management have a huge impact on road safety because a significant number of incidents involve at-work drivers. Responsible companies who educate their drivers and bring about behaviour change are helping to make Britain’s roads safer.