HC Deb 14 July 1981 vol 8 cc360-1W
Dr. Mawhinney

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he is yet in a position to publish for Great Britain the final figures for road accident casualties in 1980.

Mr. Fowler

Yes. I have published the figures today.

As the following tables show, road accident casualties in 1980 were 2 per cent. lower than in 1979. The numbers killed—6,010—and seriously injured—79,000—were the lowest since 1958—although motor traffic has trebled in that time.

All categories of road-user casualty showed reductions on 1979, with the exception of pedal cyclists and motorcyclists, where casualties increased by 5 per cent. Two-wheeled traffic increased by about 10 per cent. in 1980, compared with an increase of 3 per cent. in other traffic.

The number of fatalities fell by 5 per cent. to 6,010 compared with 1979, while seriously-injured casualties—79,000—and slightly injured casualties—243,000—were each 2 per cent. lower. The number of casualties has fallen in each of the last two years.

— Nil, or less than ½ per cent. change.

* Includes casualties of unknown age.

† Includes bus and coach, goods vehicles and other vehicle users.

║ Includes pedal cycle mileage.

** Not considered a useful indication of change because of lack of information or small numbers involved.

‡These totals include estimates for casualties reported to the police which could not be analysed by road user class. Because of this some of the percentage changes may be in error by one point.

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