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Lorries: Accidents

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many personal injury collisions involved (a) left and (b) right hand drive heavy goods vehicles in each year since 1997; and in how many in each category vehicle blind spot was found to be a contributory factor. (295008)

Information concerning the steering position of vehicles in reported personal injury road accidents is only available for foreign registered vehicles. Data in reported road accidents are only available since 2005. The available information requested is given in the table:

Reported personal injury road accidents involving HGVs, by steering position, and whether vehicle blind spot was attributed as a contributory factor1, Great Britain, 2005-08

Foreign registered HGVs

UK2 registered HGVs

Total HGVs

Left hand drive

Right hand drive

Total accidents

Vehicle blind spot

Total accidents

Vehicle blind spot

Total accidents

Vehicle blind spot

Total accidents

Vehicle blind spot

2005

1,014

291

85

6

10,063

341

11,162

638

2006

952

259

91

5

9,423

360

10,466

624

2007

858

193

63

3

8,908

359

9,829

555

2008

760

182

78

10

7,577

331

8,415

523

1 Includes only accidents where a police officer attended the scene and in which a contributory factor was reported.

2 Left or right hand side drive is not recorded for UK registered vehicles.