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Brake 'appalled' by Red Tape Challenge

Posted by Linda Davidson

Brake has told owners of Spinflo caravan hobs and cookers that it is "appalled" by the government's challenge to scrap road safety laws.

This week the government launched the 'Red Tape Challenge', which has asked the public to suggest which transport regulations, including road safety laws, should be axed in order to cut unnecessary bureaucracy.

"As a charity that supports people suffering unimaginable heartbreak that results from a road death or serious injury, we are appalled by the message that this sends out," said Julie Townsend, campaigns director for Brake.

"The suggestion that life-preserving road safety regulation is merely 'red-tape' belittles the importance of saving lives on our roads," she added.

Ms Townsend said that the plea to cut the regulations was no different from questioning laws to protect children or rules which prevent violent or threatening behaviour.

Regional and local transport minister Norman Baker yesterday (June 9th) announced that councils will soon be able to adopt 20 mph zones without "satisfying unnecessary Whitehall diktats".