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Councillors eye road repair safety drive

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Improving road surfaces and reducing potholes is the top road safety priority for local councillors, according to a new survey.

Road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), reports that 74% of councillors had repairing potholes in their top five road-safety priorities, although significantly, 61% also think that the budgets available to repair them will either stay the same or even reduce.

The removal of road safety targets was a mistake, according to almost half of the councillors, while 58% agreed that budget cuts were having a negative effect on road safety.

Other key findings in the study were that 59% of councillors supported 20mph speed limits, with 15% wanting them on most urban roads. As many as 29% of councillors felt that the Government's policies had had a detrimental effect on road safety, whilst spending reductions were anticipated more by councillors in the north of England. Elsewhere, reductions in transport budgets were less likely to be reported by councillors in the south and east of England.

Simon Best, chief executive of IAM, commented that it was good to see potholes are a top priority among councillors, as it mirrors the concerns of motorists in the contribution they make to car damage and mechanical breakdowns. Mr Best did add, however, that more must be done to fix the UK's roads before the backlog of repair work becomes unmanageable.

published: 30/04/2013 14:00:00

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