UK’s roads are safest in the EU – European Commission

CREDIT DAVID KELLAM

Published on 5 April 2019 by Mike Waters

A new study by the European Commission has found that the UK has the safest roads in the entire European Union.

With an average of just 28 road traffic fatalities per million inhabitants over 2018, the UK’s roads were statistically safer than those of every other EU member state. Denmark (30 per million), Ireland (31 per million) and Sweden (32 per million) were close behind. 

Meanwhile, Romania has the most dangerous roads in the EU by far with a fatality rate of 96 per million inhabitants, followed by Bulgaria (88 per million), Latvia (78 per million) and Croatia (77 per million). The average across the EU as a whole was 49 fatalities per million inhabitants.

When compared with statistics from previous years, fatalities fell by 4% on the UK’s roads and by 21% on the EU’s roads as a whole since 2010. While the Commission admitted that its stated goal of a 50% reduction in the number of road fatalities in the entire EU by 2020 is “off track”, it is clear that substantial progress has been made.

Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc said: "While I of course welcome any reduction in road traffic fatality figures, even a single road death is unacceptable. We have been assertive and ambitious in tackling road safety, adopting a strategic action plan, concrete actions on vehicle and infrastructure safety, and a policy framework for the next decade. As we continue to work towards ‘Vision Zero' – zero road deaths by 2050 – we are committed to working with all Member States, as well as the Parliament and road safety community, to provide a level of safety that EU citizens demand and deserve."

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Picture credit: David Kellam (used under Creative Commons Licence, cropped)