The UKRO provides key educational material across all of the disciplines with a view to ensuring best practice is at the forefront of any professional emergency rescue response.

In addition to this, the UKRO undertakes research in conjunction with industry leaders to ensure that it is aware, and can prepare for, issues which will be faced by the Fire and Rescue Service in the future. This educational material and research is available through our website.

The UKRO also contribute to and work within a number of partnerships, in an effort to make our roads safer. Road safety is not only a major concern for the United Kingdom but is indeed a concern that requires action across the world.

Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015

Road traffic injuries claim more than 1.2 million lives each year and have a huge impact on health and development. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged between 15 and 29 years, and cost governments approximately 3% GDP. Despite this massive – and largely preventable – human and economic toll, action to combat this global challenge has been slow.

The third Global Status Report on Road Safety shows that low and middle-income countries are hardest hit, with double the fatality rates of high-income countries and 90% of global road traffic deaths. Vulnerable road users (VRU’s) – pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – make up half of these fatalities.

The report illustrates that the number of road traffic deaths globally has plateaued at 1.25 million a year. The report also describes progress made by governments and nongovernmental organisations in implementing measures known to be effective, such as improving road safety legislation; managing speeds around schools; harmonizing data collection relating to road traffic deaths; and rolling out minimum standards on vehicle safety. These efforts have taken place against the backdrop of the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 – 2020, a global framework guiding national-level action across a number of areas relevant to road safety.

In addition to the Decade of Action, international attention to the urgency of road safety has increased recently with the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Setting a goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020 as part of this agenda is a reflection of the growing recognition of the contribution of road safety to health, development and broader environmental objectives, and the potential for action.

This recognition is needed; while a plateau in numbers is a welcome first step in the fight to reduce road traffic deaths it is insufficient. In the past three years there has been a 16%increase in the number of vehicles on the world’s roads – in 2014 alone, a record 67 million passenger cars came into circulation. Set against this rise, much more must be done to stop the death and destruction on the world’s roads and to achieve the ambitious target for road safety set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Whilst much progress has been made over the past decade, the pace has been too slow. The SDG target of a 50% reduction in road traffic deaths and injuries by 2020 offers a powerful focus around which governments and the international community can galvanize action – the challenge now is to seize the opportunity to do so, and to turn the current plateau in road deaths into a measurable decline.

Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General, WHO - Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015