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Police Vehicle Accidents

Volume 406: debated on Tuesday 10 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents police vehicles have been involved in, in each year since 1997. [116920]

The total number of police vehicle accidents in England and Wales since 1997 are as follows:

Number
1997–9816,946
1998–9917,338
1999–200018,068
2000–0119,266
2001–0216,826

Notes:

1. The information is provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, to which forces submit statistical returns.

2. All figures are for financial years.

3. Figures for 2002–03 are not yet available.

4. The figures include all incidents in which a police vehicle sustains damage, including those where no other vehicle is involved. They encompass a very wide range of incidents from the very serious to the trivial, such as a scratched vehicle in a police yard.