A proposed strategy to halve the number of road deaths in Northern Ireland is under threat due to the power-sharing crisis, MPs have warned.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the lack of a functioning executive meant she may not be able to push the road safety strategy forward.
The resignation of DUP Prime Minister Paul Givan in protest at Northern Ireland’s Brexit protocol means the coalition administration cannot currently make decisions deemed to be significant, controversial or cross-cutting.
The Road Safety Plan 2030 aims to reduce the number of people killed in road collisions by 50% by 2030.
I think it is deeply regrettable that without an executive we are unable to produce and complete a road safety strategyNicolas Mallon
The strategy also aims to halve the number of serious injuries.
It aims to reduce the number of children and young people killed or seriously injured on Northern Ireland’s roads by 60% by 2030.
The draft strategy recently went through a public consultation exercise by Ms. Mallon’s department.
The SDLP minister was quizzed on the progress of the strategy by Sinn Fein MP Caoimhe Archibald during Assembly Question Time on Monday.
“My officials have been working very hard on this, they’ve launched a consultation exercise on this,” Ms Mallon replied.
“I guess the challenge here is that the road safety strategy could be seen as cross-cutting.
“It would mean that in the absence of an executive who can meet and get along, we could be looking at a delay on this really important work.
“I don’t think it serves anyone’s interests.
“But I want to assure the MP that I will continue to take action to improve road safety, whether it is the 20 miles an hour out of schools, the penalties for mobile phone use while driving that have been introduced, as well as changes around alcohol consumption. conduct.
“So I will continue to do so, but I think it is deeply regrettable that without an executive we are unable to produce and complete a road safety strategy.”