IAM issues winter road warning as councils cut budget

1st November 2011

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has issued a warning that more roads this winter may be treacherous as councils cut their budgets.

Estimates from the Department for Communities and Local Government estimate that spending on salting roads, snowploughing and standby arrangements is set to fall by 3.6 per cent across the UK this winter.

Overall, 67 councils are planning to reduce the amount they spend on winter road services, with 21 local authorities budgeting over 30 per cent less than they did last year – underlining the need for drivers to be extra vigilant and fit winter tyres to stay safe this year.

Simon Best, IAM's chief executive, claimed that many key services such as ambulances and meals on wheels rely on having a usable road network.

He said: "Councils must make contingency plans to ensure that essential supplies can always get through, no matter what the weather. This has to include dealing with large numbers of drivers stranded for hours with no access to heat or food."

Department for Transport figures show that there was a 37 per cent increase in the number of cars overturning in snow and ice in the winter of 2010 compared to the previous year. 

Posted by Danielle Barge