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.