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MPs demand accident czar to promote safety

MPs AND Peers this week urged the Government to appoint an accident 'czar' to devise a consistent approach to casualty reduction.

They want the Government to establish regional casualty reduction groups made up of local government representatives.

These would encourage sharing of best practice and foster consistent road safety approaches along 'whole routes'.

MPs and Peers lobby group the Parliamentary Advisory Committee on Transport Safety said an inconsistent approach to speed limits and traffic calming was compromising road safety.

PACTS' call for an accident supremo follows a meeting with civil servants, the Police and local government officials on how to improve road safety strategy following publication of the Government's road safety strategy in March (NCE 9 March).

At the meeting, civil servants were told that they needed to work more closely with local authorities if the target of reducing casualties by 40% by 2010 could be achieved.

Among demands made to improve the strategy are quarterly meetings between Government and local authorities to develop an annual publicity campaign and discuss monitoring of casualty data.

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