Roads: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 15 April 2024.

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Photo of Selaine Saxby Selaine Saxby Conservative, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, If he will make an assessment of the potential merits of changing the terminology of road traffic accidents to crashes or collisions.

Photo of Guy Opperman Guy Opperman Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Where possible, the Department no longer uses the word ‘accidents’. The appropriate terms to use are ‘crashes’, ‘collisions’ and ‘incidents’. We encourage others to do so, too.

However, the word ‘accident’ continues to be used in certain circumstances, for example where that is the term previously used in legislation.

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