Over the last decade, the cost of complacency on Britain’s roads has resulted in 40,000 unnecessary deaths and serious injuries, according to the results of a new road safety index.

The new #50by30 Road Safety Index compares the performance of local authorities across Great Britain. It shows how weak results over the last decade have led to avoidable deaths and injuries.

The results reveal huge differences in road safety performance over the last ten years, with some areas achieving a 50 percent reduction in people killed or seriously injured, while in other areas deaths and injuries have seen a sharp rise.

It has been commissioned by The Towards Zero Foundation and supported by the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety and is accompanied by a new report.

Launching the new report, David Ward, President of The Towards Zero Foundation said: “Progress on road safety has stalled over the last decade just as local councils have been given more responsibilities but fewer resources to improve the safety of our roads. A new partnership between national and local government is urgently needed to get UK road safety back on track and ensure that road deaths and serious inquiries are halved by 2030.”

In 2020, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Action on road safety and called for member states to work to reduce road deaths and serious injuries to 50 percent of their current level by 2030. The data presented in the Safer Roads Index will help community leaders and activists to understand the scale of the challenge.