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Roads: Accidents

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research has been commissioned by her Department on (a) the primary causes of accidents involving newly-qualified drivers and (b) measures to improve the road-readiness of drivers following the passing of the driving test. (206372)

The consultation on improving learning to drive which the Department for Transport launched on 7 May 2008 is supported by a number of research reports on the nature of the problems faced by learner and newly qualified drivers. The main research is summarised in the Learning to Drive evidence document, which is available online at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/research/rsrr/theme2/rsrr87.pdf)

The research includes a large-scale study on the experiences and attitudes of learner and new drivers, including their involvement in accidents. This report can be found at:

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

There is also substantial research on the causes of accidents involving young people, who represent the majority of newly qualified drivers—three-quarters (75 per cent.) of newly qualified drivers in 2006-07 were under the age of 25. In 2002, an in-depth study, commissioned by the Department, which explored the causes of accidents involving young drivers was published—see:

http://www.trl.co.uk/store/report_detail_asp?srid=2693

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) men and (b) women were killed in car accidents in London where at least one of the drivers involved was aged 21 years or under and (i) male and (ii) female in each year since 1997. (206378)

The numbers of (a) male and (b) female fatalities in reported road accidents involving at least one (i) male and (ii) female car driver was aged 21 years or under in London in 1997 to 2006 are shown in the table.

Number of fatalities1

Male car driver aged 21 years or under

Female car driver aged 21 years or under

Male fatality

Female fatality

Male fatality

Female fatality

1997

26

4

1

4

1998

14

7

2

0

1999

26

4

9

1

2000

24

10

2

2

2001

24

3

4

2

2002

18

9

0

3

2003

11

3

2

1

2004

18

2

2

0

2005

16

5

3

2

2006

22

0

1

1

1 Some fatalities may be double counted in the table as an accident could involve both a male driver (aged 21 and under) and a female driver (aged 21 and under).