Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases of collisions between cyclists and wheeled goods vehicles occurred in each of the last three years; and how many cyclists survived those collisions in each year.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department collects data on personal injury road accidents reported to the police. The table below shows the number of reported road accidents involving at least one pedal cyclist and at least one goods vehicle in Great Britain for the last three years of available data, as well as cyclist casualties by severity resulting from these accidents.

Number of pedal cyclist casualties involved

Year

Number of accidents involving at least one pedal cyclist and at least one goods vehicle1

Killed

Serious

Slight

Total

2015

1,770

27

350

1,392

1,769

2016

1,574

23

300

1,257

1,580

2017

1,467

25

334

1,104

1,463

1 Van, LGV or HGV

Source: DfT Stats19

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. The Department has 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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