UK road death reduction progress continues to stagnate

Published Mon, 29/07/2019 - 10:00

New figures show the number of road deaths continues to remain largely unchanged since 2010 – despite a slight fall in fatalities during 2018.

The DfT’s annual casualty statistics, published on 25 July, show 1,782 people were killed on roads in Great Britain last year – down 1% from the 1,793 reported in 2017.

However, the 2018 figure is similar to those recorded since 2012 – when there were 1,754 road deaths.

Stakeholders have responded to the statistics with concern – with the RAC saying the figures make for ‘stark reading’ – and are calling on the Government to take action.

The DfT stats also show there were 25,484 serious injuries in 2018 – up by 3% from 2017 (24,831). However, the DfT points out that this figure is not comparable to earlier years due to changes in casualty reporting methods, introduced in 2016.

In contrast, the total number of road casualties fell to its lowest level in 2018 – down 6% to 160,378.