Roads across the UK could be given safety star ratings to help drivers avoid accident blackspots and highlight the most dangerous areas. The Highways Agency and councils across the country have been asked to ‘consider the merits’ of a safety star rating system, which will be similar to the EuroRAP system that grades safety on Europe’s major roads.
The AA said that implementing an official system will help drivers to understand which areas and roads have the highest risk of accident, and will also ‘name and shame’ those local highway authorities with the worst safety records. The data could even be included in online journey planning in future.
The EuroRAP system, which uses accident data to analyse risks on roads across Europe and rates them with colour coding, identified the UK’s most dangerous stretch of road as the A285 between Chichester and Petworth, West Sussex. Whilst no decision has yet been taken whether to implement the new safety star rating scheme, officials are keen to put it in place.
Could a rating scheme reduce accident figures?
Accidents on the UK’s roads are on the rise this year, for the first time in the last 5 years. With 48,000 casualties injured or killed on Britain’s roads in 2014, a safety star rating scheme could help to reduce the number of accidents. If you have been injured in a road accident, through no fault of your own, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer, to see if you could make a claim for compensation. There is usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, but make sure you choose a reputable personal injury lawyer.
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