FTA tackles authorities on road safety for HGVs and LCVs 16 March 2010

The Road Safety Foundation has given just two stars out of a possible four to more than two-thirds of the Highways Agency's road network.

The verdict follows an inspection of 95% of the 7,000km of its roads.

While motorways and dual-carriageways fared adequately (50% of motorways given four stars and 78% of dual carriageways, three) the real concern is single carriageways, where 91% fail to reach the standards for run-off.

The FTA has responded to the report by saying that a more consistent level of funding, on a larger scale, must be adopted if the level of safety on Britain's roads is to be improved.

"We can't afford to be complacent when it comes to road safety and the government must see that a continual investment in our roads will save lives, not to mention the millions of pounds that are lost each year due to road collisions," says Malcolm Bingham, head of road traffic management policy at FTA.

Bingham is also suggesting a common speed limit for cars and commercial vehicles on single carriageways, in a bid to reduce overtaking, and hence also the risk of accidents.

John Challen

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