Safety budget threat to car insurance

Sunday, 27 March 2011

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Potential cuts to road safety budgets could make the UK's roads more hazardous for motorists and cause a price increase for car insurance policyholders.

Certain councils have already cut their road safety expenditure by up to 80 per cent.

This has led to speed cameras being turned off, as well as the removal of lollipop men and women, according to a new report by the Parliamentary Advisory Councils for Transport Safety (Pacts) and the RAC Foundation.

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "Britain has made huge strides in cutting road deaths over recent years, but further casualty reduction is not guaranteed."

Improving road safety and reducing the number of accidents over recent years have been one of the factors working against the increasing cost of car insurance, though Pacts believes that a decrease in road safety investment could see traffic casualties start to rise again.

In 2009, 2,222 people died on British roads, while figures for the first three quarters of 2010 indicate that 2010's number could be lower than 2,000.

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