Shabana Mahmood

Statement by Shabana Mahmood in response to Better Streets for Birmingham

Speeding and dangerous driving is a blight on Birmingham, with irresponsible drivers putting residents at risk of injury, and in the most egregious cases, death. I have long-campaigned for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists and recognise that many of the residents I represent use active travel as the primary way of getting around our city.

A single death on our roads due to dangerous driving is one too many. Earlier this year I met with the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police following a death in a collision on the Soho Road in my constituency. I’ve asked the police to use what powers they have to catch and prosecute dangerous drivers, and will continue to support the work of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, who has made this a force priority.

It’s also the job of Birmingham City Council to make the adjustments needed to our streets to make them safe for everyone. I recently met the father of a young girl who sadly died after being hit by a car near the city centre. It brought home the real human cost of not making urgent improvements to the public realm to make them pedestrian-friendly and reduce the speed of vehicles.

Following the meeting I wrote to Birmingham City Council to ensure they continue to work proactively to assess the safety of roads where collisions and road traffic incidents take place.

The climate crisis is the greatest long-term global challenge that we face. That is why clean energy by 2030 is one of Labour’s missions.