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Roads: Accidents

Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the percentage of drivers (a) who had one or more accidents, (b) who had one or more accidents in their first year of driving and (c) aged 17 years who had one or more accidents in the last year for which figures are available. (199426)

The information requested is not available. However, the Department is shortly due to publish a research report on the experiences and attitudes of learner and new drivers, including their involvement in accidents. The research, in which “cohorts” of candidates taking the practical driving test completed a postal survey after their test, and if they passed, at 6, 12, 24 and 36 months subsequently, found that the highest accident rates occurred in the first six months after passing the practical test.

This rate was estimated to be equivalent to 0.44 accidents per year. The accident rate then dropped in the next six months to an equivalent of 0.24 accidents per year. The accident rates given include accidents involving low speed manoeuvring, for example in car parks and drives.