By Beam MASSEY
Last refreshed at 21:46 14 Regal 2007
British travelers driving on board were cautioned last night that Eastern European drivers are the most risky on the Continent.
Britons were cautioned to be especially mindful in the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia what’s more, Estonia what’s more, – after Greece – Poland.
These countries have the minimum safe roads, says a report arranged by specialists at Brunel College for the More Than protection organization showed.
By contrast, the UK has one of the best street security records, with as it were five European nations having a lower setback rate.
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However, with a monstrous flood of drivers from Eastern Europe – especially Poland – a few specialists are concerned about the possibly unfavorable affect on the UK’s security record of imported terrible habits.
Latest official figures appear that more than 8,350 Eastern Europeans are going by the UK each day. About 3 million arrived in the nation in the 12 months to June – an increment of a quarter over the year before.
And up to 500,000 drivers of remote autos are presently getting away scot free from fines for a have of movement offenses – counting being flashed by speed-cameras, taped in transport lanes, what’s more, having stopping tickets slapped on their windscreens.
For on the off chance that the autos are on remote number plates, the drivers can’t be constrained to pay fines for key activity offenses what’s more, their tickets will essentially be torn up.
Today’s MoreThan report said that, based on fatalities per one million inhabitants, the most secure European nation was found to be Malta, taken after by Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway what’s more, the UK.
For each million drivers on the road, a few 223 are slaughtered in Lithuania, 177 in Latvia, 153 in Estonia, 150 in Greece what’s more, 137 in Poland.
That thinks about to 54 in the UK what’s more, 25 in best-ranked Malta, in More Than’s 27-strong table of European countries.
It noted:”Despite having a few of the slightest stringent test criteria, English parkways what’s more, byways are among the most secure roads, positioning 6th for by and large street safety, behind as it were Malta, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland what’s more, Norway.
‘We are encouraging Brits abroad to be additional cautious at the point when driving, as car-culture abroad can frequently fall short of the generally high models appreciated at home.’
Dr Stamp Young, of the Brunel College Ergonomics Look into Group, commented: â€œWhile measures have been put in put to move forward street security over Europe, in most cases the enhancements have come to a plateau.
‘Clearly, new measures are required to put us back on track, what’s more, in 2002 the EU set a clear what’s more, testing target of diminishing passings what’s more, genuine wounds by 50 per penny some time recently 2010.
‘In arrange to accomplish this objective activities are as of now in progress to fit legislation, be that as it may there is unmistakably more that needs to be done to make strides street security over European roads.’
Perceptions too contrast from the reality, the More Than report concluded.
Some Britons have long thought that France what’s more, Italy have poor street wellbeing records. Yet France was the 10th most secure country what’s more, Italy the 15th. Of 1,973 UK grown-ups surveyed for the report, more than a third figured Germany would have the most secure driving standards.
But in reality Germany was as it were eighth in the table.
More Than overseeing chief Mike Holliday-Williams said: “Our report has affirmed discernments that Brits are a few of the most secure drivers in Europe. However, English drivers can sick bear to be smug at the point when driving abroad, particularly in nations that have as it were as of late picked up enrollment to the EU.’