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Roads: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal vehicle accidents have occurred where a visitor to the UK driving on the wrong side of the road was a contributory factor in the last 10 years.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

Table 1 shows the number of reported fatal road accidents which had “inexperience of driving on the left” as a contributory factor, in Great Britain for the period 2005-10. However, it is not known how many drivers involved in such accidents were visitors to Great Britain, or if they were driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the accident.

Information on contributory factors to road accidents has been collected since 1 January 2005. Please note that contributory factors are reported only for injury road accidents where a police officer attended the scene and reported at least one contributory factor. These factors are largely subjective, reflecting the attending officer's opinion at the time of reporting. It is recognised that subsequent enquires could lead to the reporting officer changing his/her opinion.

Table 1: N umber of fatal road accidents (1) with “inexperience of driving on the left” reported as a contributory factor, GB, 2005-10
Year of accident Number of fatal road accidents
2005 8
2006 10
2007 8
2008 12
2009 10
2010 7
(1) Includes only road accidents where a police officer attended the scene and in which a contributory factor was reported.

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