LV= reveals foreign lorries are invading UK roads
on: July 11, 2008, 2:03 am
Release Author: LV=
Release Summary: LV= reveals the number of EU heavy goods vehicles
on UK roads has increased by a third since 2001 and is expected
to continue to grow by 18% over the next five years
Release Body: New research from car insurer LV=,
reveals that the number of EU heavy goods vehicles on UK roads
has increased by a third (33%) since 2001 and is expected to continue
to grow, by 18%, over the next five years.
huge increase in foreign vehicles means that one in seven lorries
on UK roads is now from overseas*. Of the foreign registered goods
vehicles in the UK in 2007, the majority were from the Netherlands
(252,000) followed by Germany (218,000), Poland (205,000) and
France (197,000) **.
increase in foreign heavy good vehicles (HGV) traffic on UK roads
has been driven by the expansion in the number of members of the
EU. Foreign HGV traffic in the UK from countries that joined the
EU in 2001 and 2004 has grown every year since 2001, by an average
to internal insurance claims data, the vast majority of accidents
involving lorries happen on motorways and many are a result of
the HGV being left-hand drive and this causing a blind spot on
the right of their vehicle.
most recent figures available, from 2006, show that 1,366 people
per year are injured in accidents involving foreign goods vehicles.
into account the cost of insurance
claims, accidents and potential congestion the research estimates
that the cost to the economy of foreign EU HGV drivers was nearly
£100 million in 2006.
O’Roarke, Managing Director of LV= general
insurance, said: “Over the last seven years we have
seen a significant increase in the number of accidents involving
lorries from overseas. Not only is being involved in an accident
with a lorry frightening but it can also be very costly and time
consuming, as your insurer may have trouble tracing and communicating
with the insurer of the vehicle.
are calling on the Government to bring in legislation to make
it compulsory for left-hand drive heavy goods vehicles to be fitted
with blind spot mirrors to help avoid these kinds of accidents.”
research has also found that foreign HGVs are far less likely
to meet UK roadworthiness standards. One third (31%) of foreign
HGVs failed spot checks undertaken by the Vehicle Operating Standards
Agency (VOSA) in the past five years whereas UK HGVs have a pass
rate of 75% - suggesting a considerable difference in safety standards
between UK and foreign vehicles.
* Freight Transport Association
‘Delivering the economy 2008'
** DFT - road vehicles travelling to Europe from GB
Notes to editors:
All statistics are taken from the LV= report
‘The rise of EU drivers in the UK’. The report
was commissioned by LV= and compiled by CEBR.
The report features a range of official, industry and survey based
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offers car, home, travel and pet insurance direct to consumers
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