Safety record improvement ‘due to investment’

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has welcomed statistics from the Department for Transport showing that the number of road casualties is going down.

Particular mention was given to pedestrian casualties, which saw a year-on-year reduction of seven per cent, and child injuries, which fell by ten per cent.

According to the society, these trends can be partly attributed to increased investment on the part of car, van and truck manufacturers in safety initiatives.

The SMMT said that improvement in passive safety systems, which are designed to protect occupants in a crash and include airbags and crumple zones, has been complemented by advances in active systems.

Examples of active safety facilities include electronic stability control, assisted braking and lane departure warning systems.

"We should welcome the news that UK roads are safer and highlight the progress we as an industry have made," said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan.

"Nevertheless, we must not be complacent…the motor industry is committed to continue to deliver safer cars, vans and trucks."

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