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Motorways: Accidents

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths there have been as a result of crashes involving vehicles parked on motorway hard shoulders in the last 10 years for which figures are available. (194934)

Between 1997 and 2006 there were 85 fatalities resulting from road traffic accidents on M and A(M) class roads on the Highways Agency's trunk road network, where at least one vehicle was stopped on the hard shoulder.

The 85 fatalities (in accidents where at least one vehicle was parked on the hard shoulder) accounted for 4.9 per cent. of all fatalities on M and A(M) class roads on the Highways Agency's trunk road network (1,739 in total), recorded over the same period.