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DfT data shows 7% fall in road casualties

Headline figures in the report show that:

  • A total of 22,830 people were killed or seriously injured (KSI casualties) in the year ending June 2015, down by 7% from the previous year. 
  • There were 180,500 casualties of all severities in the year ending June 2015, down by 7% from the previous year. 
  • Motor traffic levels rose by 2.3% compared with the year ending June 2014. 

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: “It is indeed good news to see that in spite of an increase in volume of traffic by 2.3% that the numbers of casualties has fallen by 7%. However, fatal accidents on non-built up roads has increased by 7%. 

“Highways England has published a vision for zero deaths on trunk roads and we believe this commitment should be adopted by the Government for the whole country. The DVSA has stated a desire to encourage lifelong learning in driver and rider training and we firmly believe that with the right framework in place, which recognises the issues faced by road users of different ages, this approach will form a vital part of ensuring that fewer lives are needlessly lost on UK roads.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.