Refreshed Road Safety Strategy
We are refreshing our Road Safety Strategy and would like your views.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, the Mayor of the West Midlands and seven Local Authorities have concurrent statutory duties to:
- Take steps both to reduce and prevent accidents;
- Prepare and carry out a programme of measures designed to promote road safety;
- Carry out studies into accidents arising out of the use of vehicles on roads or part of roads, other than trunk roads, within their area; and
- Take such measures as appear to the authority to be appropriate to prevent such accidents.
As part of the approach to delivering against this statutory duty, a Regional Road Safety Strategy 2019-2028 was launched. In addition, some authorities created a local strategy to ensure a focus on local road safety challenges.
Why are we refreshing the strategy?
In September 2021 an interim review was undertaken of the Regional Road Safety Strategy 2019-2028, concluding that the rapidly developing road safety landscape means there is a need for an enhanced transformational approach to reducing risk levels to those most at-risk of death and serious injury on the West Midlands Metropolitan Region’s road network.
As a result, we are refreshing the strategy ensuring that we:
- Deliver on political ambitions to integrate Vision Zero as the region’s long-term road safety mission, acknowledging that death and serious injury on our road network is unacceptable;
- Enhance implementation of a collaborative Safe System, acknowledging that road system failures allow incidents to become fatal or serious
- Recognition that reducing fatal and serious injuries is a collective responsibility between all stakeholders, including road users;
- Align with the Towards Zero Foundation’s casualty reduction target of a 50% reduction in the number of KSIs by 2030 as defined in the developing new Local Transport Plan and target 3.6 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals;
- Encourage innovation to identify risks and determine quantifiable solutions;
- Identify a sustainable funding framework to support delivery of the strategy at local and regional levels;
- Monitor and evaluate a broader dataset that demonstrates overall performance in road safety improvement and provides a robust evidence-base in which to make strategic decisions.
How to give us your views
You can download or view the Refreshed Regional Road Safety Strategy 2023-2030 here.
We will be accepting comments until 9am on Sunday 4 June 2023.