Road accident map set to go offline

Road accident map set to go offline

Driver disinterest has killed off a Government website detailing English road accidents.

The Department for Transport's (DfT) site uses police and local highway authority data from 2005 to 2013.

All accidents in this time are flagged. It enables motorists to view information such as time, location, the severity of any casualties, vehicle types and age groups involved.

It could also help car insurance providers and users alike pinpoint areas of high risk. But the DfT says its monthly hit rate of 1,200-plus does not merit keeping the site open, especially as the data is available elsewhere. Alternative providers have mushroomed since its March 2013 launch.

The department's latest figures showed that only 1,232 users on average visit the site each month.

There is still time to view the map , which had the backing of the RAC, before it permanently shuts a fortnight on March 27.

Copyright Press Association 2015