Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents in (a) Wales and (b) England were caused by newly qualified drivers in each of the last five years.

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

The Department does not hold information on how long drivers in reported road accidents held their licence for. The Department collects data on personal injury road accidents reported to the police, including contributory factors which the police identify when they attend the scene. This does not assign blame for the accident but gives an indication of factors the attending officer thought contributed to the accident. The following table shows the number and proportion of accidents where the contributory factor ‘learner or inexperienced driver/rider’ was reported by severity for England and Wales in the years 2013 to 2017.

Reported accidents1 where contributory factor 'Learner or inexperienced driver/rider' reported by severity and country, 2013 to 2017

Fatal accidents

Serious accidents

Slight accidents

All accidents

Number

Per cent

Number

Per cent

Number

Per cent

Number

Per cent

England

2013

51

4

743

5

3,373

4

4,167

4

2014

36

3

720

5

3,453

4

4,209

4

2015

43

4

686

5

3,305

4

4,034

4

2016

30

3

690

4

2,767

4

3,487

4

2017

32

3

754

5

2,745

4

3,531

4

Wales

2013

2

2

36

4

171

4

209

4

2014

4

4

49

5

172

4

225

4

2015

4

4

46

5

146

4

196

4

2016

2

2

43

5

161

5

206

5

2017

4

4

47

6

104

3

155

4

1 Includes only accidents where a police officer attended the scene and in which a contributory factor was reported. A total of 72 per cent of accidents reported to the police in 2017 in Great Britain met these criteria.

Source: DfT STATS19

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