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Third year's fall for LGV accidents

1st August 1996, Page 11
1st August 1996
Page 11
Page 11, 1st August 1996 — Third year's fall for LGV accidents
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Truck driving is getting safer. The number of LGV accidents declined for the third year run ning in 1995, despite an increase in the number of drawbar accidents, according to Government figures released to the House of Commons last week.

Department of Transport figures show there were 4,439 LGV accidents compared to 4,525 in 1994 and 4,702 in 1993, That's the lowest number of truck accidents for 10 years.

Drawbar accidents

increased for the second year

running, from 351 in 1994 to 362 last year reflecting their increasing numbers on the roads. There were 456 accidents involving drawbar trucks in 1993.

• Drivers with poor eyesight are less likely to have acci dents, according to preliminary results from the Vauxhall-sponsored eyesight tests being carried by Aston University at Granada services stations.

No separate figures are available for truck drivers but car drivers with poor eyesight had fewer accidents because they lacked the confidence to take risks.

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