Improve Road Safety:
Ideas and solutions for communities

Road safety is one of the hot topics in communities and actions to address road safety and speeding feature in the majority of Gloucestershire Parish and Neighbourhood Plans.  However, in an environment of funding cuts, police have fewer resources available to enforce and Gloucestershire County Council has less funding to maintain roads and develop safer schemes.  What impact will this have on community safety and what role could communities and individuals play?

Community approaches: Events and Toolkit

The original CARTS (Community Approaches to Reducing Traffic Speed) toolkit was developed in 2012 following a series of events organised by GRCC to explore community-based solutions to traffic speed issues.

In 2017, GRCC received funding from the Commissioner's Fund (Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner) to expand the toolkit to consider wider road safety issues rather than just speeding.

In 2023, an updated version of the CARS (Community Approaches to Road Safety) Toolkit was made available. This followed countywide launch events, run in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, held in September and October 2022. 

Safe and Social Driving

Communities were pleased to hear that 'safe and social driving' featured as one of the 5 key strands of the original Gloucestershire Police and Crime Plan and remains as a key strand in the 2016 revision of the Plan.  Many communities have also taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the Commissioner's Fund to put in place new measures to tackle road safety.

Contact Us

Watch this space for more information and if you have any queries  please email

Useful Link

Gloucestershire County Council Community Speedwatch web page.