Bud­get cuts putting ‘lives at risk, claim

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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