New figures show HGVs seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash, double that of ten years ago.
New figures show that heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are now twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision on certain roads than they were ten years ago, highlighting the need to reduce the number of trucks on the roads say campaigners.
Campaign for Better Transport has compiled figures for the last ten years which show that in 2007 HGVs were three and a half times as likely as cars to be involved in a fatal collision on minor roads, despite making up only five per cent of overall traffic. However, last year’s (2016) figures show that this had doubled, with HGVs almost seven times more likely to be involved in fatal crashes than cars.
The figures show the involvement of HGVs in fatal crashes compared to all other vehicles on motorways, A roads and minor roads for the last ten years. They reveal little or no improvement in the rates of fatal collisions involving HGVs on motorways and A roads, and in the case of minor roads, HGVs involvement has doubled making them seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision than cars.
Philippa Edmunds, from Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Despite making up a small percentage of overall traffic, HGVs are involved in an unacceptably high number of fatal road traffic collisions and these figures show things are not improving. Whilst cars are getting safer, HGVs continue to be extremely dangerous in a collision. There are far too many large, heavy lorries on roads which are often totally unsuitable for them, as the high rate of crashes on minor roads shows.
“We need to see less HGVs on the roads and move more freight by rail. Just one freight train can remove up to 136 HGVs from our roads. Moving more freight by rail has environmental benefits, can help relieve congestion and, as these figures show, would help save lives.”
Notes to Editors
HGV traffic and fatal accidents by road type 2007
Source: TSGB 2007, Goods Vehicle Statistics 2007, Goods Vehicle Accidents and Casualties 2007, all Department for Transport.
HGV traffic and fatal accidents by road type 2016
Source: Traffic statistics table TRA0104, Accident statistics Table RAS 30017, both Department for Transport.