The control of road accident mortality and morbidity is stated as presenting public health authorities in technically developed countries with the most intractable challenge of the second half of the 20th century. The British Medical Association were asked to comment on the chapter in the government's consultative document on transport policy dealing with road safety. This paper discusses these comments, which included answers to three main questions posed in the consultative document - (1) do we pay too little or too much attention to road safety? (2) are there further steps which the government should take to improve road safety, at a reasonable cost to the community and without creating an excessive administrative burden? (3) is the balance of the present programme about right or should priorities be changed? In particular, should greater weight be given to the interests of the pedestrian? Recommendations to the Minister of Transport are presented, which included a proposal for the redirection of a proportion of the funds allocated for road research to ensure that necessary research on human factors is undertaken. /TRRL/

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    British Medical Association

    BMA House, Tavistock Square
    London WC1H 9JR,   United Kingdom 
  • Publication Date: 1976-10-23


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 1000-02
  • Serial:
    • BMJ
    • Volume: 6042
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: British Medical Association
    • ISSN: 0959-8138
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00145391
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM