Sharp fall in fatal HGV accidents

Sharp fall in fatal HGV accidents

The rate of fatal accidents involving HGVs has fallen significantly over the past decade, Government figures have revealed.

Official road casualty statistics show that the number of fatalities per billion lorry miles fell by 3.5% in 2014. That figure is 43% lower than 10 years ago.

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the figures show that progress is being made, but is urging operators and drivers to remain vigilant about minimising harm on the UK's road system.

Christopher Snelling, FTA's head of national & regional policy and public affairs, says the logistics sector is committed to further improving its performance on road safety through various innovations and driver education.

Better HGV vehicle designs and safety features, as well as improved driver training and management, will be part of plans by the truck industry to make road transport as safe as it can be, he adds.

The annual Reported Road Casualties report shows there were 240 fatal accidents involving HGVs in 2014 - almost half the number of deaths in 2005.

Mr Snelling says that although it has been a challenging year for road safety, the figures illustrate that the freight transport industry's approach is "making progress".

The FTA is also calling for more targeted enforcement of existing HGV driver and vehicle regulation against "non-compliant operators who undermine the efforts of the vast majority".

In addition, it wants to see continued spending on improving and maintaining road infrastructure, and all road users to learn as much as possible about how to share the roads safely.

Copyright Press Association 2015