Written Answers : September 11th – September 15th 2010

Driving under Influence: Accidents

Tessa Munt: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people in each age group who died in road traffic accident deaths where alcohol was a causal factor in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement. [15301]

Mike Penning: The estimated number of fatalities in drink drive accidents by age group for each year since 1999 is shown in the following table:

Estimated number of fatalities in drink drive accidents by age group, 1999 to 2008
Number of fatalities
0-15 16-24 25-59 60+ Total( 1)
1999 10 150 260 30 460
2000 10 170 310 30 530
2001 10 190 310 30 530
2002 10 190 320 30 550
2003 10 210 330 30 580
2004 20 210 330 30 580
2005 10 190 330 30 550
2006 10 200 320 30 560
2007 0 150 230 30 410
2008 10 140 220 30 400
(1) Includes age not recorded.
Note:
Estimates are rounded to the nearest 10 and therefore the rows may not add up to the total.

A reported drink drive accident is defined as being a collision on a public road reported to police in which someone is killed or injured and where one or more of the motor vehicle drivers or riders involved either refused to give a breath test specimen when requested to do so by the police (other than when incapable of doing so for medical reasons), or one of the following:

(i) failed a roadside breath test by registering over 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath

(ii) died and was subsequently found to have more than 80 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood.

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Alcohol was not necessarily a causal factor in all of these accidents and there may have been fatalities in other accidents in which alcohol was a causal factor but no drivers/riders involved exceeded the legal drink drive limit. Estimates for drink drive casualties by age group in 2009 will be available in summer 2011.

The previous Government commissioned Sir Peter North to head an independent review of measures available to combat drink and drug driving. Sir Peter’s report covers a wide range of issues and makes 51 detailed recommendations, which we are considering carefully with other Government Departments. We hope to publish a response to the report at the end of the year.

Driving: Information

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Highways Agency has spent on driver information programmes in the last 12 months. [12134]

Mike Penning: In the last 12 months (August 2009 to August 2010) the Highways Agency has spent £211,358.91 on the development of driver information programmes for road safety educational purposes, including support to various partnership initiatives.

The driver information programmes are developed and created with advice and support from experts in the industry (Police, Fire and Rescue, Department for Transport, Road Safety Great Britain). The cost quoted is for the development of the master copies. The costs of reproduction (mass copying the resources) is included in the Highways Agency’s road safety initiative budget, which covers a wide range of safety interventions. Much road safety educational work has been developed in-house and with key partners at no cost.

 

Motor Vehicles: Safety

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission and (b) his EU counterparts on harmonising EU requirements on road safety standards for child passengers in motor vehicles. [16382]

Mike Penning: I have had no such recent discussions. There are European Commission Directives aimed at establishing minimum common practice throughout the EU on the use of seat belts and child seats, which the UK implemented in 2006. These do not prevent other member states introducing further rules in their territory on top of those prescribed in the Directives, should it so wish. That is a matter for the country concerned and is not something that the Government could or would seek to influence.

 

Roads: Safety

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the specific road safety grant; and if he will make a statement. [15467]

Mike Penning: The larger resource element of the specific road safety grant was absorbed into the general area based grant from April 2008 allowing local authorities to set their own priorities. The future of this funding after 2010-11 is being considered in the comprehensive spending review.

Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects to publish the national road safety strategy. [15468]

Mike Penning: Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world. The Secretary of State for Transport is considering what further action should be taken to make them safer still and expects to decide whether there is a role for a further national road safety strategy, before the current one expires at the end of this year.

 

Driving Tests

Duncan Hames: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many driving tests have been conducted by each driving test centre in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Somerset and (c) Avon in each of the last three years. [16638]

Mike Penning: The numbers of driving tests by category of vehicles conducted at each driving test centre in (a) Wiltshire, (b) Somerset and (c) Avon in each of the last three years are shown in the following tables.

Tests conducted between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008
Car Motorcycle B+E LGV PCV
Avon Bristol (Brislington) 5,069 562
Bristol (Southmead) 10,291 857
Bristol (St George) 8,100
Bristol LGV (closed 20 March 2008) 157 1,154 146
Somerset Minehead 956
Taunton 5,058 367
Taunton LGV 214 902 91
Weston-Super-Mare 5,366 408
Yeovil 5,195 446
Wiltshire Chippenham 5,696 499
Salisbury 3,415 222
Swindon 7,379 595
Swindon LGV 88 675 94
Trowbridge 4,816 293

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Tests conducted between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2009
Car Motorcycle B+E LGV PCV
Avon Bristol (Brislington) 5,340 508
Bristol (Southmead) 9,937 626
Bristol (St George) (closed 31 October 2008) 4,823
Bristol MPTC (opened 28 September 2008) 2,551 961 60 472 25
Somerset Minehead (closed 15 August 2008) 373
Taunton 5,675 459
Taunton LGV 6 293 900 99
Weston-Super-Mare 5,218 475
Yeovil 4,898 463
Wiltshire Chippenham 7,273 661
Salisbury 3,989 277
Swindon 461
Swindon LGV 89 600 109
Swindon MPTC (opened 29 September 2008) 618 340 Trowbridge (closed 29 August 2008) 2,306 202
Tests conducted between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010
Car Motorcycle (single test) Motorcycle m odule 1 Motorcycle module 2 B+E LGV PCV
Avon Bristol (Brislington) 5,781
Bristol (Southmead) 9,402
Bristol MPTC 6,187 156 1302 798 122 759 82
Somerset Taunton 5,595 36 183
Taunton LGV 169 275 324 76
Weston-Super-Mare 5,136 34 134
Yeovil 4,716 35
Wiltshire Chippenham 7,325 60
Salisbury 3,831 25 92
Swindon LGV 100 434 68
Swindon MPTC 7,429 74 564

Driving: Sleep Apnoea

Steve McCabe: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department’s policy is on making commercial drivers aware of the risks of obstructive sleep apnoea. [17158]

Mike Penning: The Department for Transport is committed to identifying opportunities to raise awareness of obstructive sleep apnoea. A number of initiatives are ongoing with commercial drivers including questioning them directly about it as part of their compulsory medicals and sending our “Tiredness Can Kill” leaflet to them and their employers.

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