Overall the IAM was pleased to see that road safety is still viewed as a priority for most UK councillors. Local councillors have a crucial role to play in shaping the UK's road network and improving road safety. Local authorities are responsible for 98 per cent of roads and have a legal duty to maintain roads and promote road safety. Councillors set local strategies and sign off transport budgets.
The IAM wanted to find out local councillors' views on a range of road safety topics including priorities for transport and road safety, plans for investment over the next year, views on 20 mph, road safety targets and central government's approach.
The IAM sent a survey to all councillors in the UK to find out their views; this received 1,117 responses. The survey measured opinions rather than giving an exact view of what each local authority is planning; it gives an overview of councillors' views and opens up opportunities for further research into councils' strategies.
Some key results from the survey are: