Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th January 2019.

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Photo of Damien Moore Damien Moore Conservative, Southport

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of traffic collision fatalities attributed to heavy goods vehicles.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Accidents involving heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) have been on a downward trend. In 2007, in Great Britain, there were 9,829 reported road accidents involving personal injury and at least one HGV, which has decreased by 51% to 4,789 road accidents in 2017.

Road safety remains a priority for the Department. For example, the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy: Safety Review, published in November 2018, set out a number of actions designed to reduce risks from HGVs. These include rolling out ‘safe urban driving’ training courses nationally, and working at international level to improve the safety performance of new vehicles including HGVs still further.

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