News from the SMMT regarding road casualties

News from the SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) below:

This week, the Department for Transport released its annual report on reported road casualties.

The report demonstrated that the UK is one of the safest places in the world for road users, with 27 fatalities per million people. By comparison France has 52, Germany has 55 and the USA has 119.

Road statistics, in broad terms, follow economic activity; the stronger the economy, the more people drive. However, as the UK economy has grown in recent years, alongside the small population increase, the casualty rates have remained fairly constant. In fact, fatality rates among cyclists declined by more than 30% between 2005 and 2015, and overall incident rates for light and heavy commercial vehicles have showed significant declines over the same period.

There were 1,730 reported road deaths in 2015 – a decrease of 3% from 2014 – and the total number of casualties of all severities declined by around 4% – the second lowest level on record. What’s really striking is that over the last 30 years the UK’s population has grown by 15% (8.1 million people), yet despite this growth, road fatalities have fallen by a massive 68%.

The safety of drivers, passengers and road users has always been a top priority for our industry. Manufacturers spend billions of pounds every year developing, testing and enhancing safety technologies, which, as the report shows, is money well spent.

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