The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on the proposed content of the new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2030, launched by the Department for Infrastructure in November 2021.
The Institute made a series of recommendations on the proposed new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland, including the following:
• Commit to reduce inequalities in injuries and deaths on our roads through targets and specified actions addressing socially disadvantaged and/or vulnerable road users.
• Commit to a five-year programme of legislative review and reform to stimulate and maintain a modal shift in road travel and enhance road safety.
• Establish a research workstream to agree priorities for the evaluation of road safety interventions.
• Enhance the recognition of air pollution as a road safety consideration within the strategy and the responsibility held by this sector to respond to the climate crisis.
• Prioritise the reduction of vehicle speed on 30mph roads and mandate for 20mph speed limits outside all schools.
• Include public health expertise on the proposed Road Safety Forum and engage public health stakeholders in strategy development and implementation.
• Include strategic collaboration with Great Britain and Ireland as a core component of the action plan, particularly in terms of research and data sharing.
• Convene a task and finish group to enhance public transport by addressing barriers that may exist; for example, regarding personal safety and accessibility.
Access the full IPH consultation response here or read below.