ECOSAFE Occupational Road Risk Statistics

Read these statistics that highlight the risks

  • About a quarter  of all vehicle miles travelled annually on Britain's roads are for work  purposes (excluding commuting). ±
  • There are an estimated 3 million company cars on the roads and roughly 1 in 3 will be involved in an accident each year. §
  • Company drivers who drive more than 80% of their annual mileage on work related journeys, have in excess of 50% more injury accidents than similar drivers who do no work related mileage. §
  • The risk of dying in a road accident while driving for business reasons is significantly greater than the risk of dying as a result of all other workplace accidents.
  • Every week around 200 road deaths and serious injuries involves someone on work related journeys.
  • Approximately 300 people are killed each year as a result of drivers falling asleep at the wheel. Of these 4 in 10 tiredness-related crashes involve someone driving a commercial vehicle. §
  • Work-related road accidents are the largest cause of accidental death. Between 800 and 1000 people die annually in work-related road traffic accidents compared to approximately 250 fatalities due to accidents notified annually under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations (RIDDOR).
  • Business drivers have collision rates that are 30 – 40% higher than those of private usage drivers.

± National Travel Survey

§ DFT Road Research Report No. 51