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Brake supports Scottish proposals for default 20mph limit in built up areas

News from Brake
Thursday, 14 September 2017
news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, has today pledged its support for proposals put forward in Scotland for a default 20mph limit in built up areas. The charity has issued a consultation response to a members' bill proposed by Mark Ruskell MSP (Mid Scotland and Fife) for a lower speed limit.

Commenting on the proposals, Jason Wakeford, Brake's Director of Campaigns, said: "A default 20mph limit across built up areas in Scotland offers a golden opportunity to save lives, promote sustainable transport and improve the environment.

"Travelling at lower speeds drastically reduces the risk of death and serious injury and encourages more walking and cycling - relieving pressure on the NHS and other public services.

"We fully support Mark Ruskell's proposed bill and want to see more urban areas going 20 right across the UK."

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Brake's full consultation response can be accessed at: http://www.brake.org.uk/top-level/2-about-us/1766-brake-responds-to-scotland-s-20mph-consultation

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.

We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Mayor’s plan to reduce road speed in London welcomed by Brake

News from Brake
Tuesday 24 July 2018
 
 
The Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) have today published London’s first ‘Vision Zero’ action plan, which sets out plans to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from London’s transport network. At the core of the strategy is a plan to lower speed limits to 20mph on London’s roads.
 
The ‘Vision Zero’ approach to road safety has long been advocated by Brake and other road safety campaigners and starts from the premise that no road death or serious injury is acceptable or inevitable.
 
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
“With our cities getting ever more crowded, congestion on our roads increasing, and more people wanting safe cycling and walking options this strategy couldn’t be more timely and we warmly welcome the Mayor’s plans.”
 
“The Mayor is right to focus on speed reduction and the rollout of 20mph limits – simply put lower speeds save lives. If you are hit by a car at 30mph you are more likely to die, if you are hit at 20mph, you are more likely to survive. This stark fact should be reason enough for all to welcome the introduction of safe 20mph limits across the capital. London is setting an example the rest of the UK should follow and we urge the Government to make 20mph the default speed for built-up areas across the UK, helping make streets across the country safer and more welcoming.”
 
“The Vision Zero approach adopted in London asserts that no road death or serious injury is inevitable, nor should it be tolerated. This is heartening for all road safety campaigners to hear, but this bold ambition must be backed by long-term and consistent action and so we look forward to working with the Mayor and TfL to ensure actions are achieved and targets met.”
 
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Notes to editors:
 
 
About Brake
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
We do this through national campaignscommunity educationservices for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.
 
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Our campaigns and how you can help

Brake campaigns nationally and regionally, and raises awareness among the public, to stop road deaths and injuries, make our communities safer and greener, and improve support for crash victims. We won't stop until the carnage ends. But we need your help..

There are many ways to support our campaigns, such as dropping a quick note to your MP, signing a petition or running activities in your community. Each page below has simple actions you can take. You can also find advice on campaigning in your community here.

Keep up to date with our campaigns through our monthly bulletin, on TwitterFacebook and the Brake blog, or browse our recent news releases in our media centre.

Campaigns:

Driving for Zero
A campaign to deliver zero tolerance for impaired and distracted driving including the menace of drink and drug driving, vision, health and tiredness.

Know it & Solve it
A campaign for government to establish an independent Road Collision Investigation Branch to improve road crash investigation.

L for Later
A campaign to help young people be safer as drivers and passengers. 

Pace for People
A campaign to reduce and enforce the speed limit in our towns, in order to reduce casualties, reduce fear of cycling and walking, reduce pollution and improve health through active travel.

Place for People
A campaign to give people in the UK space to move in ways that are safe, green, healthy and fair.

Phone Smart
A campaign to stamp out deadly driver distraction by texts, emails and calls.

Modern Vehicles
A campaign that embraces developments in vehicle technology that can save both lives and the planet, and calls on developments to be implemented in line with Brake's vision of safe, sustainable, healthy and fair transport.

A campaign for better justice and support services for people bereaved and seriously injured by road crashes.

Safer fleets
A campaign which seeks to improve the safety of at work drivers. 

 

About our campaigning:

Parliamentarian road safety awards
Recognising MPs campaigning for road safety nationally and in their constituencies

Consultation responses, speeches and policy papers
Library of Brake consultation responses, key speeches and policy papers

Our vision
Our long-term vision for a world where no one is killed or seriously injured in preventable road crashes, and communities are safe, sustainable places

Pace for People

Campaigning for safer speed

Slowing down for children

What is the issue?

Speed is a critical factor in all road crashes and casualties. Driving is unpredictable and if something unexpected happens on the road ahead – such as a child stepping out from between parked cars – it is a driver’s speed that will determine whether the driver can stop in time and, if they can’t stop, how hard they will hit.

Pace for People is a campaign to reduce and enforce the speed limit on our roads, in order to reduce casualties, reduce fear of cycling and walking, reduce pollution and improve health through active travel. It's something that government can do now to save lives.

What are we calling for?

Through our Pace for People campaign, Brake is calling for:

  • Lower default speed limits where people live and on rural roads
  • Comprehensive speed enforcement
  • Voluntary 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation' (ISA) to be fitted by law to all new vehicles

Lower default speed limits where people live and on rural roads

Speed is a critical factor in all road crashes and speed limits should be set for safety. We want a reduction in the default speed limit where people live from 30mph to 20mph. We are also calling for a reduction in the default speed limit on all rural roads (except motorways) from 60mph to 50mph.

Comprehensive speed enforcement

A law is only as strong as its enforcement and this is undoubtedly the case with speed. Drivers should have the expectation that if they speed, they will get caught and this will only be achieved with comprehensive speed enforcement. We need widespread and consistent usage of speed cameras, not just where there is known to be a speeding problem, or there has been a cluster of casualties, and far greater investment in roads policing, providing a visible deterrent to speeding offences on our roads.

Voluntary 'Intelligent Speed Adaptation' (ISA) to be fitted by law to all new vehicles

Voluntary Intelligent Speed Adaptation is a technology that automatically prevents a vehicle breaking a speed limit, unless the driver purposely over-rides the system. Recent proposals by the EU commission will see this technology become mandatory on all new vehicles and save lives. We urge the Government to support the EU’s proposals and ensure this becomes the law across the UK.

Key facts:

  • Speed is a factor in all road crashes – the faster a vehicle is travelling, the longer it takes to stop / the greater the impact in a collision.
  • Almost a quarter of fatal crashes on our roads in 2016 were caused by a speeding driver.
  • A pedestrian hit at 30mph has a very significant one in five chance of being killed. This rises significantly to a one in three chance if they are hit at 35mph.
  • Trials of ISA in the UK have predicted voluntary ISA could reduce road deaths by 21%, and mandatory ISA could reduce deaths by 46%.
  • More than half (51%) of fatal crashes in Britain occur on country roads – and this is often speed related.

Learn more

20mph speed limits

Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) 

Take action 

Campaign news

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, 01/09/2016
Brake responds to Cycling and Walking consultation, 24/05/2016
New London Mayor backs urban 20mph speed limits, 10/05/2016 
Brake’s junior campaigners say “speeding is naughty” as almost half of drivers admit breaking 20 mph limits, 08/03/2016
'GO 20' interactive quiz launched to promote the benefits of 20mph limits, 30/11/2015
Government red tape puts brakes on 20mph limits, 29/09/2015
Brake urges strong leadership as people on foot and bike pay the price, 25/06/2015 
I would walk 60,000 miles: 100,000 kids across the UK walk for road safety, 10/06/2015
AM wins road safety award as charity calls on Welsh Government to lead way on 20mph limits, 09/06/2015
Risky overtaking forces one in seven drivers to take evasive action, 26/05/2015 
Brake asks politicians and drivers to #SaveKidsLives as Global Road Safety Week begins, 01/05/2015 
Campaign urges drivers to slow down as 3 in 5 parents report speeding around child's school, 18/03/2015
Safety concerns are barrier to delivering walking and cycling benefits, says charity, 10/02/2015 
Zak the Zebra backs Aylesbury school road safety plea, 26/01/2015
Brake welcomes 20mph limits across Edinburgh, 08/01/2015

Thornbury and Yate MP wins national road safety award

NEWS FROM BRAKE
Thursday 24th May 2018
 
Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury and Yate, has today been honoured with a parliamentarian road safety award by Brake, the road safety charity, and Direct Line Group.
 
The award recognises Luke’s tireless efforts to improve road safety in his constituency. Luke has been campaigning on numerous important road safety issues in recent months, including: tackling dangerous speeding on Broad Lane; lobbying for vital road maintenance work in Sundridge Park [1]; and calling on the Council to improve the safety of Crossways Lane in Thornbury [2].
 
Luke’s campaigning on the issue of speeding follows concerns raised to him by residents of Broad Lane, in North Yate. There is significant alarm about the excessive speed drivers were travelling along Broad Lane [3] particularly from those with young children, who are among the most vulnerable road users.
 
As part of his campaign for safer speeds in his constituency, Luke has secured additional speed monitoring by the police and has engaged the Council to alert local authority staff, working near the site, about safe driving behaviours. Luke has also been active in community engagement on the issue, promoting and organising the use of speed awareness bin stickers available to residents, which are aimed at reminding drivers to watch their speed.
 
Brake applauds such local engagement but wants to see this supported by action at a national level and is calling for a reduction in the national default speed limit to deliver slower, safer roads.  In urban areas where families live, and children play, default speed limits are currently set at 30mph, however 20mph is recognised as a much safer speed. At 30mph, stopping distances can be twice those at 20mph. Brake has long called for safer speed limits through its Pace for People campaign [4] and believes now is the time for action to make our communities safer.
 
Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
 
 
“Luke’s commitment to road safety in his constituency is fantastic to see and Brake is delighted to recognise his important work with this award. His campaign to tackle speeding should be especially highlighted; almost a quarter of fatal crashes on our roads in 2016 were caused by a speeding driver [5].”
 
“Driving over the speed limit is selfish, dangerous and puts lives at risk. Brake is calling for a reduction of the national default 30mph limit in urban areas to 20mph and for greater investment in roads policing to act as a true deterrent to dangerous driving. Slower speeds save lives and help make our streets more liveable environments.”
 
Accepting his award, Luke Hall MP said:
 
 
“I am really humbled to have received the award, and I was pleased to see the work both myself, and my local teams have been undertaking on this important issue being acknowledged in this way. Working alongside the police, communities, neighbours and council’s we can make a real difference towards reducing the number of horrific crashes that result from chancing the speed limits, especially near our schools.”
 
Gus Park, Managing Director of Motor Insurance at Direct Line Group, said:
 
"We are delighted that MP Luke Hall has been recognised for his road safety campaigning. The awards reflect the fact that advances in road safety are often achieved with hard work, local campaigning, road by road, hotspot by hotspot. We are particularly pleased that Luke has highlighted the importance of road maintenance and safe crossings."
 
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For further information contact: news@brake.org.uk
 
Notes to Editors:
 
[4] Brake’s Pace for People campaign - http://www.brake.org.uk/campaigns/flagship-campaigns/go-20
[5] Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: Annual Report 2016, Department for Transport, 2017, table RAS50008
 
About Brake
 
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies.
 
We do this through national campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
 
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
 
About Direct Line
 
Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.
 
Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.
 
Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.