HEAVY goods vehicles had a lower rate of involvement in
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accidents than light goods vehicles, cars and taxis during each of the last five years — but a higher rate of involvement in fatal accidents.
Detailed figures for 1971-75 were given by MrJoh n Horam, Under Secretary for Transport, in the Commons last week.
They showed that heavy goods vehicles were involved in roughly twice as many fatal accidents — judged on a basis of miles travelled — as light goods vehicles or cars. He added that their overal rate of involvement, and th rates for each class of acciden — fatal, serious and slight – had declined each year.
But Mr Horam's figure revealed that hgv's were no alone in this. No class o vehicle showed an increase ii the accident rate, and usuall there had been a drop year 13: year.
When he drew acciden comparisons according to th( different types of road, M Horam said that heavy good vehicles had a lower involve ment rate than cars and ligh goods vehicles on A clas roads.
The accident rate on motor ways was higher than that fo cars, but lower than the rat+ for light goods vehicles.
On other roads they had thi same rate as lgv's and this wa! slightly lower than that foi cars.
On each class of road, heav3 goods vehicles had a highei rate of involvement in fata accidents than the other twc classes of vehicles.