Roads should be safer, eh?
The Road Safety Foundation and RAC Foundation have urged the Government to spend “just a fraction” of the money lost to Britain because of crashes.
The report ‘\’Saving Lives, Saving Money: the costs and benefits of achieving safe roads\’’ calls for an investment of £8 billion over the next decade.
It calculated that accidents cost the British economy up to £30 billion a year.
Much of the Bill is picked up by the National Health Service while ordinary drivers are finding themselves out of pocket as insurance premiums soar
So who is it that is actually saying this?
The Campaign for Safe Road Design is run by the Road Safety Foundation. And who is behind that? Well, how about the Institute of Highway Engineers? Or the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation?
Yes, that\’s right children. While we don\’t call them unions beause they are in fact professional bodies that is what they really are. Unions for professionals. And their pitch is that more taxpayer money should be paid over to the sort of work their members do.
Hey, it might even really be a good idea but the source is a tad tainted really.
There Institute of Advanced Motorists called for better training to tackle the problem.
“The IAM wants to see incentives for all drivers to improve their skills so that they are well prepared to cope with the wide variety of road conditions highlighted in this report,” said Neil Greig, the director of policy and research.
Yes, that\’s right. The people who get paid to provide advanced driving training think that there should be more incentives for people to get advanced driving training.
This is news in the same sense that Davind Cameron asking people to vote Tory is news.
But then Mondays are always easy days to get this sort of stuff into the newspaper.