Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 25th October 2018.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of traffic accidents involving cyclists were with heavy goods vehicles in each of the last ten years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents with cyclists there were in each of the last ten years; how many of those accidents were fatal; how many and what proportion of those fatal accidents involved (a) heavy goods vehicles, (b) cars, (c) other cyclists and (d) pedestrians; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The table below shows the number of reported road accidents involving pedal cyclists, of which involved HGVs, in Great Britain: 2007 to 2017.

Accidents involving pedal cyclists

Number of accidents involving at least one pedal cyclist

Of which involved HGV(s)

Year

Number

Proportion

2007

16,460

361

2%

2008

16,585

369

2%

2009

17,369

300

2%

2010

17,604

362

2%

2011

19,645

385

2%

2012

19,489

388

2%

2013

19,752

337

2%

2014

21,624

397

2%

2015

19,172

378

2%

2016

18,743

300

2%

2017

18,651

251

1%

Source: DfT STATS19

The table below shows the number of reported road fatal accidents involving pedal cyclists, of which involved HGVs, cars, more than one pedal cyclist and pedestrians, in Great Britain: 2007 to 20171

Fatal accidents involving pedal cyclists

Number of fatal accidents involving at least one pedal cyclist

Of which involved HGV(s)

Of which involved car(s)

Of which involved more than one pedal cyclist(s)

Of which involved pedestrian(s)

Year

Number

Proportion

Number

Proportion

Number

Proportion

Number

Proportion

2007

142

33

23%

68

48%

4

3%

5

4%

2008

119

27

23%

70

59%

8

7%

3

3%

2009

108

20

19%

62

57%

3

3%

3

3%

2010

117

21

18%

61

52%

2

2%

4

3%

2011

112

19

17%

63

56%

7

6%

2

2%

2012

122

24

20%

67

55%

3

2%

3

2%

2013

118

19

16%

61

52%

3

3%

6

5%

2014

117

20

17%

58

50%

4

3%

6

5%

2015

106

21

20%

52

49%

5

5%

3

3%

2016

108

16

15%

59

55%

1

1%

4

4%

2017

112

15

13%

58

52%

4

4%

4

4%

Source: DfT STATS19

  1. Proportions would not add up to 100% in a year as a fatal road accident involving a pedal cyclist can also involve none other, one other or multiple vehicles in the road accident.

On 18 October the Department published a summary of the 14,000 responses received to its Call for Evidence on cycling and walking safety, including issues relating to large vehicles. We have recently announced a number of activities to improve the safety, and perception of safety, of cycling and walking: tailored cycle training for driving instructors, support for police in tackling unsafe “close passing”, an update to the National Standard for Cycle Training and, most recently, a review of the Highway Code to include overtaking and opening vehicle doors.

The Department will publish its full response to the Call for Evidence in due course.

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