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'Scandal of Tolerance' over Road Deaths

A new report has labelled road deaths the major public health problem of our age, and criticised the the way in which this toll is apparently accepted.

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Transport said in its new report, released today: "It is inconcievable that any transport system invented today...would be accepted today if it involved this level of carnage."

The Committee calls for a 'system approach', as used in the Netherlands and Sweden. This would switch the emphasis for road safety from dealing with local traffic blackspots to national planning.

The report also recommends the Government takes a proactive approach to adopting new safer vehicle technologies, and gives local authorities powers to adopt more 20mph zones and overhauls its method of collecting road traffic data.

Commenting on the report, Shadow Transport Sectretary Teresa Villiers said "the serious flaws in the collection of data on road safety revealed by this report are deeply worrying."

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