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Road Safety Statistics

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list the road safety figures for the last year for which figures are available for the United Kingdom and the other EC countries.

The United Kingdom has an excellent record for road safety compared with our foreign neighbours. The rate of road deaths at 9·4 per 100,000 head of population was the lowest of all the European Community countries in 1987. In 1988, the United Kingdom has achieved a further 1 per cent. reduction in fatalities, and a 1·5 per cent. reduction in serious injuries, although international comparisons for that year are not yet available. The detailed information is contained in the following table:

Number of road deaths


Motor vehicles per 1,000 population

Road deaths per 100,000 population

Road deaths per 100,000 motor vehicles

Car user deaths per 100 million car kilometers

Pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population

New Zealand







United States of America46,38678419·52·5



1 In accordance with the commonly agreed international definition, most countries define a fatality as being due to a road accident if death occurs within 30 days of the accident. The official road accident statistics of some countries however, limit the fatalities to those occurring within shorter periods after the accident. Numbers of deaths and death rates in the above table have been adjusted according to the factors used by the Economic Commission for Europe and the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, to represent standardised 30-day deaths: France (6 days) +9 per cent.; Italy (7 days) +7 per cent.; Greece, Austria (3 days) +12 per cent.; Spain, Japan (24 hours) +30 per cent.; Canada, Switzerland (1 year) -5 per cent.; Portugal (at the scene) +35 per cent.

2 1985.

3 1986.

4 Excluding lorries.

5 Nationals' vehicles only.

6 Traffic on state roads only.

7 Including traffic on private roads.

8 Including nationals' cars abroad.

9 Intercity transport.