Written Answers : September 13th to September 17th 2010

Roads: Accidents

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his most recent estimate is of the cost to the public purse of a (a) fatality, (b) serious injury and (c) slight injury caused by a road accident. [14825]

Mike Penning: The information requested can be found in Table 2a in article 2 in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2008 Annual Report, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House. Estimates using 2009 data will be published on 23 September 2010 in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2009 Annual Report.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has commissioned recent research into the likely effects on the number of people (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in road accidents of changes in the level of expenditure on road safety measures. [14827]

Mike Penning: The Department for Transport has not commissioned specific recent research. However the STATS19 collision and casualty data received by the Department are routinely monitored to identify any emerging trends, which in turn is used to inform policy decision making.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) children and (b) adults were (i) killed, (ii) seriously injured and (iii) slightly injured in road accidents in each of the last five years. [14828]

Mike Penning: The information requested is shown in the following table.

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Reported child and adult road casualties by severity: GB 2005-09
Number of casualties
Casualty severity Age 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Killed Child (0-15 years) 141 169 121 124 81
Adult (16+years) 3,051 2,994 2,817 2,413 2,141
All ages(1) 3,201 3,172 2,946 2,538 2,222
Seriously injured Child (0-15 years) 3,331 3,125 2,969 2,683 2,590
Adult (16+years) 25,031 25,057 24,285 22,898 21,758
All ages(1) 28,954 28,673 27,774 26,034 24,690
Slightly injured Child (0-15 years) 24,654 22,229 20,717 19,189 17,984
Adult (16+years) 207,339 198,442 190,872 178,271 173,685
All ages(1) 238,862 226,559 217,060 202,333 195,234
All casualties Child (0-15 years) 28,126 25,523 23,807 21,996 20,655
Adult (16+years) 235,421 226,493 217,974 203,582 197,584
All ages(1) 271,017 258,404 247,780 230,905 222,146
(1) Includes cases where age is not recorded

A417: Accidents

Richard Graham: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse of emergency services attending incidents called out at and in the vicinity of the A417 between Nettleton Down and Gloucester was in the last 12 months. [13397]

Mike Penning: No estimate of the cost is held by the Department for Transport. Highways Agency traffic officers are not classed as an emergency service, their role is to manage the traffic on motorways and key trunk ‘A’ roads in England, where they perform a number of control room and on-road functions.

Specifically the role of the Traffic Officer Service involves:

managing incidents, except where there is loss of life, injury or potential criminal activity;

setting signs and signals and answering emergency roadside telephones;

arranging the removal of damaged or broken down/abandoned vehicles;

removing debris and other obstructions from the carriageway.

Speed Limits

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance he has provided to local authorities on the introduction of zonal 20 mph schemes in residential areas; and if he will make a statement. [14812]

Mike Penning: Guidance on setting local speed limits, including that for 20 mile per hour zones is contained in Department for Transport Circular 01/2006: Setting Local Speed Limits published in August 2006 and Traffic
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Advisory Leaflet 9/99: 20mph Speed Limits and Zones published in June 1999. Copies of both documents are available in the House.

Speed Limits: Fines

Rehman Chishti: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals for the level of speeding fines to be calculated in relation to the wealth of the driver and the speed recorded. [13429]

Mike Penning: There are no plans to introduce a system of speeding fines calculated in relation to the wealth of drivers. Nor are there plans to introduce a penalty system with increased fines for those drivers exceeding the speed limit by a significant amount.

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