HGV ac­ci­dents on the in­crease

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of road ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing heavy goods ve­hi­cles (HGVs) in­creased in west Lon­don last year.

Ac­cord­ing to road safety fig­ures from the Depart­ment for Trans­port, there was a 10% surge in the area, which was in stark con­trast with a na­tional de­cline of 6%.

In to­tal there were 226 ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing HGVs in west Lon­don in 2015, com­pared with 205 in 2014.

Har­row saw the big­gest in­crease with ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing heavy goods ve­hi­cles (HGVs) qua­dru­pling to eight in a year; while West­min­ster recorded the high­est num­ber with 61.

Other bor­oughs which recorded an in­crease in HGV ac­ci­dents last year in­cluded Eal­ing (44); Houn­slow (31); and Hilling­don (27).

Mean­while ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing vans and lor­ries across west Lon­don fell last year by 5.7% to 918, in which 1,105 peo­ple were in­jured and 15 peo­ple killed.

Across Bri­tain, there were 20,916 road ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing vans and lor­ries in 2015, down by 1.3% com­pared to 21,182 in 2014. How­ever, the num­ber of fa­tal ac­ci­dents in­creased by 10% from 438 to 480.

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