DfT figures show massive reduction in at-work driver accidents
According to the latest statistics from the DfT, in 2005 168 drivers or riders were killed whilst at work but the figure for 2009 (the latest year available) has plummeted to 95, a decrease of some 44%.
Overall, the number of deaths among car users in 2009 was 1,059, 16% less than in the previous year. The number seriously injured in accidents reported to the police fell by 6% to 10,053. Total reported casualties among car users were 143,412, 4% lower than 2008. Car and taxi traffic remained at about the same level as in 2008.
But more work still needs to be done to prevent incidents happening, AA DriveTech has said.
Commenting on the figures, Paul Holmes, fleet director of AA DriveTech, said: 'There is still a lot of work to do but companies are increasingly realising the true cost of an employee being involved in a collision.
'We are increasingly being asked to provide specialist post-collision training, where the employee experiences a behavioural change that has a negative influence on both their work and home life.'
The Government has also launched a new website, called Road Casualties Online, which allows members of the public to perform their own analysis and examination of Reported Road Accident Statistics. It can be found at www.roadcasualtiesonline.org.ukFor more of the latest industry news, click here.