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IAM speaks out about government cutbacks

By: Joe Elvin
08 March 2011

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has voiced its opinion on how potential government cutbacks could affect the transport and logistics industries.

Britain's leading road safety charity reacted to a report by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) foundation, highlighting the cuts made in road safety measures throughout the UK.

A recent IAM report revealed Britain has a lower proportion of road casualties than any other country in the world, with the number of people killed or seriously injured on UK roads now below 2,000 a year.

The RAC has speculated that these figures may be slightly difficult to maintain if cuts were made to road safety budgets.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, director Stephen Glastier told "Britain has made huge strides in cutting road deaths over recent years, but further casualty reduction is not guaranteed."

In order to help mitigate the risk of any injury, companies could engage in further driver training for their employees. This could help drivers to fully understand the risks of working on the road, and equip them with the appropriate tools and techniques to protect both themselves and other road users.

The director of policy and research at the IAM, Neil Greig, commented on the RAC report's findings, claiming: "Cutting budgets for road safety is short-sighted economics.

"Meeting casualty reduction targets has [saved] the economy around £50 billion. Investing in road safety saves the country money so funding being taken away from this area will ultimately cost money and lives," he added on Fleet Directory.

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