Crash Capital: Van drivers in London three times more likely to be involved in a collision
- One in five Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) collisions occur in the capital
- Average of 12,500 collisions involving LGVs every year across Britain
- 47 of the 50 roads around Britain with the highest rates of LGV collisions are in London
- Findings announced as Road Safety Week (21-27 November) commences
London, 24 November 2016: New research1 by van insurer Direct Line for Business reveals that van drivers in London are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than the national average.
An examination of Road Safety Analysis data, covering the past five years, reveals on average each year there are 2,504 collisions involving LGVs in London, representing 12 accidents per 1,000 LGVs – three times higher than the British average of 3.7 collisions per 1,000 LGVs2.
With an average of 12,525 collisions involving vans every year, this means that a fifth (20 per cent) of all van collisions in Britain take place in Greater London. The South East comes in second with 2,025 collisions every year (16 per cent of all accidents). However, as the South East has the highest number of registered LGVs in Britain with 550,000, this works out at just 3.7 collisions per 1,000 vans.
The South West, meanwhile – where more than 400,000 LGVs are registered – experiences an average of only 875 collisions involving vans every year, equating to just 2.1 collisions per 1,000 vans, making it the safest region for van-based incidents.
Nick Breton, head of Direct Line for Business said: “With nearly 3.4 million Light Goods Vehicles registered across the country, vans represent nearly 10 per cent of all vehicles in Britain. Being involved in a crash is the greatest danger involved with driving and, as Road Safety Week commences, we hope these findings reiterate the importance of taking care when behind the wheel.
“While the safety of all road users and pedestrians is paramount, there is also an important business aspect, with many small companies’ livelihoods dependent on vans. It is therefore essential for small businesses to make sure that their vans have the right level of cover in the event of an accident.”
Table One: LGV volumes and collisions by GB region (annual average for 2011-2015)
|Region||Number of LGVs||LGV collisions||Share of all LGV collisions||Collisions per 1,000 LGVs|
|East of England||348,840||1,199||10%||3.4|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||251,760||979||8%||3.9|
Source: Direct Line for Business, 2016
Andrew Hartley, analyst at Road Safety Analysis, said: “Whilst collisions on the roads of Great Britain have reduced over the past decade, collisions involving vans have remained relatively unchanged. Furthermore, higher rates of collisions tend to be found in town and city centres, where there are a higher proportion of vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
“An increased awareness of the risks of driving in busy areas amongst van drivers will hopefully contribute to a reduction in van driver collision involvement, in line with the reduction for all vehicles, which will benefit vulnerable road users, van drivers and businesses alike.”
Overall, there were 62,627 collisions involving LGVs between 2011 and 2015. This represents a 5 per cent decrease on the previous five-year period (2006-2010), when there were 66,131 collisions. The regions with the greatest decreases in collisions are the North West (23 per cent down), the West Midlands (18 per cent down) and the East Midlands (15 per cent down). London, however, experienced a 19 per cent increase in collisions over these two time periods.
When looking at the specific roads in Great Britain that experience the highest rate of LGV collisions every year, a staggering 47 of the 50 roads with the highest rate are located in Greater London. The majority of these locations are in Central London, where greater collision frequency is likely to be related to high traffic volumes.
Table Two: the 10 British roads with the highest rate of LGV collisions
|Road||Location||Area||LGV crash rate3|
|A23||Foxley Lane – A235 Brighton Rd||Purley, Croydon||25.15|
|A11||A1210 Mansell St – A1202 Leman St||Aldgate, London||17.62|
|A11||A13 Commercial Rd – B108 New Rd||Aldgate, London||15.19|
|A40||Great Portland St – A400 Tottenham Court Rd||Oxford St, London||15.02|
|A400||A400 Trafalgar Sq – B402 Cranbourn St||Covent Gdn, London||14.72|
|A901||A900 Constitution St – B900 Bonnington Rd||Edinburgh||12.40|
|A400||A503 Camden Rd – A502 Hawley Rd||Camden, London||12.09|
|A400||B506 Bedford Sq – A40 New Oxford St||Oxford St, London||11.13|
|A201||A5201 Clerkenwell Rd – A401 Roseberry Ave||Clerkenwell, London||10.81|
|A4201||B406 Conduit St – A40 Oxford St||Oxford St, London||10.73|
Source: Direct Line for Business, 2016
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