Project: Large passenger, goods and agricultural vehicle safety - effectiveness of existing measures and ranking of future priorities in the UK

Reference: S0515/V7

Last update: 11/12/2008 17:48:35


The objectives of this project are:
. To review the influence of past research and resulting regulations or actions on injury trends, heavy vehicle design and the behaviour of road users;
. To review existing literature, research and accident databases, including those from other nations, if available, to establish the overall and detailed pattern of injuries and identify those that are responsible for the greatest costs;
. To determine the causes of such injuries and propose methods (related to heavy vehicle construction) to address them in future years;
. To measure priorities in terms of the effective value of lives saved and injuries mitigated for the cost involved, taking into account: technical and commercial feasibility of any particular solution, the likelihood of successful implementation and an assessment of any possible regulatory impacts.
. To produce original, but appropriately referenced, work, i.e. citing, but not duplicating, work already done by the Department, or others as appropriate.


The UK has a target for casualty reduction on its roads which is to be achieved by the year 2010. This project is intended to contribute to a wider assessment of how the UK is performing against this target and where further reductions can best be achieved after 2010.

Large passenger, goods and agricultural vehicles make up a relatively small number of the vehicles on the roads in the UK. However, in general they are involved in greater numbers of accidents than the numbers of vehicles registered would suggest and, due to their size and weight, those accidents are more frequently fatal or result in more congestion and/or property damage than those involving other vehicle types. Large vehicles may, therefore, represent an important area for future casualty reduction efforts in relation to the 2010 casualty reduction targets and beyond. To help identify and prioritise the potential for further worthwhile reductions, DfT commissioned TRL to review previous and current research and regulatory activity, and to establish the most cost-effective means of improving the safety of these vehicles. The project focusses on issues related to the construction of large vehicles, but has also considered other areas relevant to their use.


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Contract details

Cost to the Department: £210,000.00

Actual start date: 01 March 2006

Expected completion date: 31 August 2008