Budget cuts putting ‘lives at risk, claim
THE Government’s austerity measures are “putting lives at risk” on the roads, a parliamentary advisory group said today. As many as 65 per cent of English local authorities have seen reductions in the budget allocated to road safety engineering in the last 12 months, the survey by the Parliamentary Advisory Council fortransport Safety (Pacts) found. And more than 62 per cent have seen a reduction in staffing between 2010/11 and 2011/12. Councils were asked if the factors of staff numbers, staff skills, finance or organisation had put their statutory duty to promote road safety at risk. A total of 50 per cent of the local authorities answered “yes” to at least one of the factors.