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Automotive industry wins award

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The automotive industry has been honoured with a prestigious award in recognition of its contribution to road safety.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award on behalf of the industry.

The award recognised the industry's role in reducing road casualty rates over the past 20 years. Since 1989 the number of people killed on UK roads has fallen by 58%.

The Department for Transport has reportedly attributed much of this fall to improvements in vehicle safety.

The award was presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.

It is thought that any reduction in road accidents sees potentially fewer car insurance claims.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "On behalf of the automotive industry, I am proud to accept this award, which recognises the significant contribution the automotive industry has made to vehicle safety.

"Today, vehicles have never been safer and vehicle manufacturers are pioneering new technologies to further improve occupant protection and reduce the risks for other road users."

© Press Association 2010