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Road Traffic Accidents at Work

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 9th March 2015.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley 2:30 pm, 9th March 2015

What assessment he has made of the performance of the Health and Safety Executive in reducing road traffic accidents at work.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

The Department for Transport leads on specific legislation relating to road safety, but the Health and Safety Executive does work with the Department for Transport and its agencies to produce joint guidance on driving at work.

I understand from statistics produced by the Department for Transport that, in comparison with other countries, the UK remains one of the road safety leaders in the world.

Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

More than three times as many people die when they drive for a living as they do in any other workplace. It is estimated that 20% of accidents are caused by sleepiness. Is it not time that we use the expertise that the HSE has used so well in other workplaces and apply it to people who drive for a living, and reduce the death toll from driving?

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

I know that the hon. Lady has been interested in this issue for a number of years following a tragic death in her constituency in 2006 involving a driver with undiagnosed sleep apnoea. The Health and Safety Executive works with the Department for Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and their medical teams to ensure that people driving, particularly commercially, are safe. They will continue that valuable work and I know that she will continue to raise the issue.