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The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)

Public Education, 2007

PACTS which has the objective of protecting human life through the promotion of transport safety for the public benefit is an associate Parliamentary group, which brings together Parliamentarians and experts from the public, private and professional sectors, enabling MPs and Peers to make judgments informed by current research and best practice.

Twenty five years ago its forerunner, the Safe Transport Action Group ? campaigned to ensure that children wore seat-belts in vehicles. From the outset, PACTS has sought to influence the political process, recognising that Parliament plays an important part both in passing legislation and in setting the tone for debate about specific issues.

PACTS has always argued for a strategic approach to casualty reduction based on research evidence. It was one of the first organisations to press for a target for road casualty reduction, initially adopted in 1987. During the mid-1990s, it played a key role in persuading governments of both major parties of the need for a second round, hosting major conferences on the issue in 1996 and 1998 and providing a research report for the then department of Trasport. Its latest research sets out a case for a Mark 3 strategy and targets for the period beyond 2010. Membership is available to all with an interest in road safety. PACTS