Roads: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, ( e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) over 70 years of age had (i) at least one accident and (ii) a driving licence in each year since 1997.

Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Information is not available on drivers involved in accidents at an individual level. The following table therefore may include double counting, where a driver may be involved in more than one accident in a year.

The numbers of car drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, (e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) 70 and over years of age involved in reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain from 1997 to 2006 are shown in the table.

Number of car drivers involved in reported personal injury road accidents
Driver age
17-20 21 -29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over
1997 35,523 81,961 79,430 52,361 33,362 17,195 11,831
1998 34,222 79,153 80,958 52,521 34,434 16,991 12,107
1999 31,847 73,376 78,969 51,188 34,756 17,155 12,224
2000 30,594 69,810 79,229 51,742 35,229 17,294 11,877
2001 29,544 65,689 76,061 51,188 34,454 16,675 11,957
2002 29,216 64,228 73,043 49,814 33,587 16,162 12,215
2003 28,085 60,236 66,970 48,020 32,004 16,338 11,952
2004 28,494 58,326 63,763 47,855 31,037 15,830 11,786
2005 29,140 55,616 59,107 46,873 29,989 15,491 11,407
2006 29,191 53,154 54,272 45,030 28,423 15,369 10,998

Information is not collected on damage only accidents.

The estimated numbers of car drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, (e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) 70 and over years of age with a full car driving licence from 1996-98 to 2006 are shown in the following table.

Million
All aged 17+ 17-20 21-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70 and over
1996-98 30.67 1.17 5.25 7.15 6.12 4.99 3.38 2.44
1997-99 31.12 1.17 5.15 7.29 6.15 5.24 3.49 2.49
1998-2000 31.55 1.13 5.02 7.44 6.28 5.37 3.60 2.55
1999-2001 31.71 1.00 4.83 7.39 6.37 5.49 3.75 2.74
2002 31.94 0.93 4.33 7.36 6.58 5.91 3.73 2.92
2003 32.14 0.86 4.36 7.28 6.70 5.89 3.93 2.93
2004 32.20 0.82 4.25 7.16 6.79 5.90 3.99 3.10
2005 33.32 1.00 4.38 6.99 7.08 6.02 4.20 3.44
2006 33.73 1.06 4.57 6.88 7.18 6.07 4.38 3.39
Note:

Figures may not add exactly due to rounding.

Source:

National Travel Survey

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