The Department for Transports Annual Report on Road Casualties in Great Britain 2009 showed a downward trend across all key areas.
- There were a total of 222,146 reported casualties of all severities, 4 per cent lower than in 2008. 2,222 people were killed, 12 per cent lower than in 2008, 24,690 were seriously injured (down 5 per cent) and 195,234 were slightly injured (down 4 per cent).
- The number of fatalities fell for almost all types of road user, with a fall of 16 per cent for car occupants, 13 per cent for pedestrians, 10 per cent for pedal cyclists and 4 per cent for motorcyclists.
Compared with the 1994-98 average, in 2009:
- The number killed was 38 per cent lower;
- The number of reported killed or seriously injured casualties was 44 per cent lower;
- The number of children killed or seriously injured was 61 per cent lower; and
- The slight casualty rate was 37 per cent lower.
- In contrast traffic rose by an estimated 15 per cent over this period.
Licence Bureaus related business to business verification of drivers licences, coupled with informing hundreds of business about the pitfalls of not having business driving compliances in place, we hope has been a factor towards the ongoing downward trend.