The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has welcomed the Government's recent launch of the Road Safety Investigation Branch (RSIB). The new approach will see a dedicated team with expertise in road safety examine how incidents occur, which will include factoring in the ever-changing technological advances within the driving landscape.
David Walker, Head of Road and Leisure Safety at RoSPA, said: "As the Department of Transport's year-on-year statistics suggests, the continuing level of road harm across the UK requires new insights. The introduction of an independent body with a singular focus on the causes of these incidents is a positive step, especially as the UK adapts to a rapidly changing transport environment.
"In our response to the consultation, we called for an approach that takes a broader view to better understand why these road collisions happen and what can be done to prevent them. The branch should be equipped with powers akin to other transport investigation branches, including compulsion to provide evidence, ensuring it has a suitable scope to make recommendations. This approach has had proven benefits in the maritime and aviation sectors."