The UK’s roads are becoming safer for lease car drivers and other motorists, with fatalities decreasing by 47 per cent since 2001.
New statistics from the European Commission (EC) also show road fatalities in the UK dropped by nearly a fifth over the last year, but more needs to be done.
EC vice president Siim Kallas, who is responsible for transport, said he was encouraged by the significant reduction in road fatalities across nearly all member states.
However, the fact that 100 people die on roads in Europe daily means there is no room for complacency, he added.
“We want to cut the number deaths by half by 2020. For this we will be looking at what kind of cars people drive, where they drive and how they drive,” Mr Kallas added.
The initiatives outlined in the EC road safety action programme include improving safety measures for cars and trucks and developing “intelligent” vehicles.
According to the EC, the information and communication technologies used in such vehicles can help avoid accidents or mitigate the consequences of accidents that do occur.
Drivers of these vehicles can also avoid congestion by using real-time traffic information and optimise engine performance.
Posted by Michael Jones
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