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Roads: Accidents

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, (e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) over 70 years of age had (i) at least one accident and (ii) a driving licence in each year since 1997. (205107)

Information is not available on drivers involved in accidents at an individual level. The following table therefore may include double counting, where a driver may be involved in more than one accident in a year.

The numbers of car drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, (e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) 70 and over years of age involved in reported personal injury road accidents in Great Britain from 1997 to 2006 are shown in the table.

Number of car drivers involved in reported personal injury road accidents

Driver age

17-20

21 -29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70 and over

1997

35,523

81,961

79,430

52,361

33,362

17,195

11,831

1998

34,222

79,153

80,958

52,521

34,434

16,991

12,107

1999

31,847

73,376

78,969

51,188

34,756

17,155

12,224

2000

30,594

69,810

79,229

51,742

35,229

17,294

11,877

2001

29,544

65,689

76,061

51,188

34,454

16,675

11,957

2002

29,216

64,228

73,043

49,814

33,587

16,162

12,215

2003

28,085

60,236

66,970

48,020

32,004

16,338

11,952

2004

28,494

58,326

63,763

47,855

31,037

15,830

11,786

2005

29,140

55,616

59,107

46,873

29,989

15,491

11,407

2006

29,191

53,154

54,272

45,030

28,423

15,369

10,998

Information is not collected on damage only accidents.

The estimated numbers of car drivers aged (a) 17 to 20, (b) 21 to 29, (c) 30 to 39, (d) 40 to 49, (e) 50 to 59, (f) 60 to 69 and (g) 70 and over years of age with a full car driving licence from 1996-98 to 2006 are shown in the following table.

Million

All aged 17+

17-20

21-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70 and over

1996-98

30.67

1.17

5.25

7.15

6.12

4.99

3.38

2.44

1997-99

31.12

1.17

5.15

7.29

6.15

5.24

3.49

2.49

1998-2000

31.55

1.13

5.02

7.44

6.28

5.37

3.60

2.55

1999-2001

31.71

1.00

4.83

7.39

6.37

5.49

3.75

2.74

2002

31.94

0.93

4.33

7.36

6.58

5.91

3.73

2.92

2003

32.14

0.86

4.36

7.28

6.70

5.89

3.93

2.93

2004

32.20

0.82

4.25

7.16

6.79

5.90

3.99

3.10

2005

33.32

1.00

4.38

6.99

7.08

6.02

4.20

3.44

2006

33.73

1.06

4.57

6.88

7.18

6.07

4.38

3.39

Note:

Figures may not add exactly due to rounding.

Source:

National Travel Survey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many accidents involving a driver in his or her first year of driving following the acquisition of a full licence there were in the most recent year for which figures are available, broken down by the age of the driver. (205108)

I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1450W.

In a study of new drivers, available at

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme2/cohort2/

it was found that the highest accident rates occurred in the first six months after passing the practical test.