Our experience is that most transport problems are universal: if we are struggling with something then so will drivers and the authorities in other countries.
Today, the Foundation had a visit from the French motoring campaign group: ‘40 Millions d’Automobilistes’, along with a camera crew from the French television channel TV3. They were in London on a fact-finding trip around road safety. What was made clear during the visit was that our neighbours have markedly less safe roads. Using latest comparable data from the International Road Traffic Accident Database (IRTAD):
- France had 3,963 road user fatalities, while the UK had 1,960 (2011)
- France had 6.4 road user fatalities per 100,000 people, while the UK had 3.1 (2010).
- By billion vehicle kilometres, France had 7.1 road user fatalities, compared to the UK’s 4.5 (2010).
It was also interesting to hear that the debate over speed cameras was as divisive as here. The concerns were similar, not least that the cameras are more about revenue raising than road safety.
The organisation concludes that in 2013, some 26 million tickets were issued for such things as parking and speeding offences and that in total this raised 1.66 billion euros (up from 1.6 billion in 2012 and 1.3 billion in 2013) for the French state.