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Roads: Accidents

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of children (a) killed and (b) seriously injured on the road in each year since 1997 during their journey to and from school when travelling (i) on foot, (ii) by bicycle and (iii) in vehicles; what estimate he has made of the number who were within 300 metres of their home in each case; and if he will make a statement. (144156)

The information requested is given in the following table.

Number of children (aged 0-15) killed or seriously injured in reported personal injury road accidents, on the way to or from school, GB: 1997 to 2005

Number of casualties

Pedestrian

Pedal cyclist

Other vehicles

Total

Killed

Serious

Killed

Serious

Killed

Serious

Killed

Serious

1997

22

934

3

99

0

101

25

1,134

1998

15

847

3

108

7

135

25

1,090

1999

16

765

3

113

3

108

22

986

2000

19

762

2

64

3

81

24

907

2001

16

722

0

53

5

60

21

835

2002

8

718

3

64

2

81

13

863

2003

11

521

1

44

1

41

13

606

2004

10

502

2

35

2

53

14

590

2005

6

448

1

51

4

45

11

544

2005 is the latest year for which figures are available. No estimates are available of the number of children injured within 300 metres of their home.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many (a) road traffic accidents (RTAs) and (b) RTAs involving serious injury or fatalities were recorded in each year since 1997 in which mechanical failure or defects, including tyres, have been identified as the cause or a contributory factor; (145152)

(2) what types of defects detectable during the MOT test have led to serious and fatal accidents in each year since 1997.

Comprehensive information on what types of defects detectable during the MOT test have led to serious and fatal accidents is not available.

From 2005 information has been collected on contributory factors to reported personal injury road accidents, including vehicle defects. These are “tyres illegal, defective or under inflated”, “defective lights or indicators”, “defective brakes”, “defective steering or suspension”, “defective or missing mirrors” and “overloaded or poorly loaded vehicle or trailer”. This Information is published on the Department’s website at the following web addresses:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/162259/162469/221412/221549/227755/contributoryfactorstoroadacc1802

http://www.dft.gov.uk/172974/173025/221412/221549/227755/227760/RCGBcotribfacactualfigsrev.xls