On behalf of PACTS and in collaboration with the Transport Safety Commission’s Work-related Road Safety Forum, Dr Nicola Christie and Heather Ward from University College London and Dr Shaun Helman from the Transport Research Laboratory have produced a briefing paper on the issue of work-related road safety.
According to journey purpose data in STATS19, in 2014, road collisions known to involve work-related driving killed 547 people. This is likely to be an underestimate, given that for cars (which make up the vast majority of the vehicle parc) journey purpose data was listed as ‘unknown’ in around four fifths of cases.
The corresponding number of people dying in general work-related activity in the most recent data available from HSE is 265 (142 workers, and 123 members of the public). On this comparison work-related driving represents at least twice the injury burden of general work-related activity.
The paper ‘The changing nature of driving for work and questions for safety policy and practice’ considers work-related road safety in the UK, the implications of work-related road safety policy and the changing nature of the issue itself.
The full paper is available to read here.