Transport Committee Press Notice

Session 2007-08

13 December 2007

Press Notice No 6



The Transport Committee recognises that considerable progress has been made in reducing the scale of deaths and injuries on the roads of Great Britain since the publication of Tomorrow's Roads - safer for everyone in March 2000. However, a quarter of all accidental deaths are the result of road crashes; this figure rises to 80% of accidental deaths among young people aged 15-19.

The Committee will inquire into what further policies could be considered to reduce the risk of death and injury between now and 2010€”when the current target period comes to an end€”and beyond. In particular, the inquiry will address the following questions:

1. To what extent have targets for casualty reduction been a useful tool for focusing professional activity?

2. What further measures need to be adopted to reduce deaths and injuries arising from drinking and driving?

3. How does Great Britain compare with other EU countries in its approach to reducing deaths and injuries?

4. How do approaches in reductions in risk on the roads compare to those adopted in other modes of transport?

5. Are there specific blockages caused by shortages of appropriately trained and skilled staff?

6. What further policies, not already widely used, might be considered for adoption and what evidence there is for their success? and

7. What should be the priorities for government in considering further targets for casualty reduction beyond 2010?

Interested parties are invited to submit written evidence no later than Monday 18 February 2008. A programme of oral evidence will be held in March or April.

Guidance on submitting written evidence

It assists the Committee if those submitting written evidence adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Submissions should be as short as is consistent with conveying the relevant information. As a rough guide, it is usually helpful if they can be confined to six pages or less. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference. A single-page summary of the main points is sometimes helpful. The submission should be in a form suitable for monochrome photocopying.

2. Evidence should be submitted in Word or Rich Text format, by e-mail to The body of the e-mail should include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. It should be absolutely clear who the submission is from, particularly whether it is on behalf of an organisation or in the name of an individual.

3. Once accepted by the Committee, written evidence becomes the Committee's property and it may decide to publish it or make other public use of it. You should not publish evidence submitted to the Committee. If you wish your submission, or any part of it, to be treated as confidential, then please indicate this clearly when you submit it.

4. Though the Committee is happy to receive copies of published material, formal submissions of evidence should be original work and not published elsewhere.

5. Committee staff are happy to give further advice on any aspect of the Committee's work by phone or e-mail.

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