Budget cuts 'could affect road safety for motor insurance holders'

Friday, 18 February 2011

Motor insurance policyholders could be affected by the public spending cuts as there will be reductions to road safety budgets, one motoring organisation has warned.

The latest government statistics have revealed there were 1,900 road deaths in the year ending September 30th 2010. This is a stark contrast to the 3,409 recorded in 2000.

While the AA welcomes the progress made on reducing car insurance holder and passenger casualties on the road, it is worried the budget cuts will have an adverse effect on the trend.

"We are concerned that cuts to police and local authority road safety budgets may undermine some of the progress in reducing casualties," said AA president Edmund King.

"Government, police and local authorities must not take their eyes off the ball."

Recently, the AA voiced concerns that the coalition's proposal to allow councils to reclassify roads without referral to a central authority could confuse motorists and lead to boundary discrepancies between council areas.

Posted by Claire Carter

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