Latest News

Growth of internet shopping sees more van accidents than ever before

Monday 14 November 2016, By Autovolo

Growth of internet shopping sees more van accidents than ever before

Growth of internet shopping sees more van accidents than ever before

Vans and delivery vehicles have been involved in more accidents over the past seven years, new figures released by the Department for Transport have revealed.

During that time, nearly 70,000 casualties have occurred involving vans – 700 of which were fatal.

Mapmechanics, a digital mapping firm, analysed the Department for Transport figures, which looked at accidents on British roads that were reported to police between 2009 and 2015. It found that the largest spikes occurred in London and the south-east of England – with these areas seeing a 20 per cent rise in the number of accidents.

David Cockrell, director of Mapmechanics, said: “The make-up of Britain’s roads appears to be changing, with the volume of vans, mopeds and private taxi cabs increasing to meet demand from the ‘now generation’ who are using the internet to order goods, take-aways and taxis.

“Little wonder accidents have increased involving these groups of vehicles.”

The figures also revealed that motorcycles and mopeds with engines of 125cc or less that were used for work purposes were also involved in more accidents during the same time period.

Across the country, the number of these vehicles involved in accidents has risen by 31 per cent since 2009, reaching 1,174 cases in 2015.

The greatest increase in accidents was experienced in Wales, which saw an astonishing 108 per cent rise. London followed shortly behind with a 56 per cent rise, while Yorkshire and the Humber came in third with a 30 per cent spike.

Private minicabs were also in 1,090 road accidents in 2015. This represents a 34 per cent rise since 2009.