Thursday, September 24, 2015

Freight Transport Group Speaks Out on Lower HGV Deaths

Road Haulage Fatal Accidents Almost Halved in a Decade
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UK – Road casualty statistics released by the Government today show that the number of fatal accidents per billion lorry miles fell by 3.5% in 2014. The figure is 43% lower than a decade ago, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says operators and drivers will remain vigilant about minimising harm on the UK’s road system. The annual Reported Road Casualties data shows there were 240 fatal accidents involving HGVs in 2014, almost half the number of deaths in 2005. Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of National & Regional Policy and Public Affairs, said:

“The logistics industry is committed to improving its performance on road safety through new innovations in vehicle design and better driver education. Whilst this has been a challenging year for road safety, these figures illustrate that our industry’s approach is making progress. We want to keep going as an industry to play our part in making road transport as safe as it can be. Improved HGV vehicle designs and safety features, as well as improved driver training and management, will be part of this.

“Beyond this, FTA calls for more targeted enforcement of existing HGV driver and vehicle regulation against seriously non-compliant operators who undermine the efforts of the vast majority; continued spending on improving and maintain road infrastructure; and for all users of our roads to learn as much as they can about how to share the roads safely.”

Recent times have seen a constant tightening of the regulations with regard to the safety of lorries. This month saw the introduction of the Safer Lorry Scheme in the London area, much to the chagrin of out of town hauliers who were unaware of the changed regulations with regard to mirrors, sideguards etc. until stopped by police.

The focus this year has often been on the relationship between truck drivers and cyclists and how best to minimise the incidents between the two which sadly all too often end with the injury, or even death, of the biker.

Photo: Miraculously nobody was seriously injured in this spectacular pile up.