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Motor Vehicles: Lights

Transport written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Yasmin Qureshi Yasmin Qureshi Labour, Bolton South East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many accidents have poorly adjusted headlamps of oncoming vehicles been a contributory factor in each of the last five years.

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

The requested information is not collected by the Department. However, Table 1 shows the number of reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain which had (i) “defective lights or indicators” or (ii) “dazzling headlights” recorded as a contributory factor, over the period 2006 to 2010. It is not possible to identify whether poorly adjusted headlamps of oncoming vehicles contributed to these accidents.

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 inquires could lead to the reporting officer changing his/her opinion.

Table 1: Reported personal injury road accidents (1) by selected contributory factors, Great Britain 2006 to 2010
  Number of accidents (1) with the following contributory factors attributed to the accident
(i) Defective lights or indicators (ii) Dazzling headlights
2006 256 483
2007 226 417
2008 208 415
2009 182 365
2010 174 300
(1 )Includes only accidents where a police officer attended the scene and in which a contributory factor was reported

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