Road Accidents (London Transport Board).

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport. – in the House of Commons on 22nd May 1940.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton West

asked the Minister of Transport how many were killed and how many injured by London Transport Board motor-omnibuses, trolley-buses and tram-cars, respectively, during the five months ended 31st January, 1940, compared with the five months ended 31st January, 1939?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

As the answer includes many figures, I will, with my hon. Friend's permission, circulate it in the Official Report.

Mr. J. J. Davidson:

Can the Minister say whether there has been a decrease or an increase between the two periods?

Photo of Sir John Reith Sir John Reith , Southampton

The fatal accidents have increased—162 as against 60; and non-fatal accidents have decreased—8,286 as against 9,023.

Following is the answer:

I am informed by the London Passenger Transport Board that the numbers of fatal accidents and of non-fatal accidents involving personal injury in which

Vehicles concerned.Fatal accidents.Non-fatal accidents involving personal injury.
1938–39 period.1939–40 period.1938–39 Period.1939–40 Period.
Trolley vehicles19471,9102,219
Tramcars7202,0211,690
Central omnibuses27894,5383,883
Coaches520040
Country omnibuses26354454
601629,0238,286

The Board point out, in regard to these figures, that coaches were not running in September or October, 1939, and ran subsequently only on three routes up to the end of January, 1940.

At the inquests on the 162 fatal accidents which occurred during the five months ended January, 1940, the verdict was "Accidental Death" in 148 cases, "Death by Misadventure" in 11 cases, "Death from Natural Causes" in two cases and "Suicide" in one case. In 94 of the fatal accidents the Coroner specifically exonerated the drivers concerned from all blame, and in only one case was there any criticism of the driver.