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Dubious criteria used in longer lorry safety research

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager, Campaign for Better Transport, London N1
17 February 2017

The Government is ignoring its own safety statistics in its 7ft longer lorries trial evaluation (‘Longer lorry trial expanded’ LTT 03 Feb). These show that existing full length HGVs have consistently been involved in around six times more fatal crashes than cars on local/urban roads over the past two years (see the DfT’s Traffic statistics table TRA0104 and Accident statistics Table RAS 30017). Local roads are where 7ft longer lorries are so dangerous because of their extended...

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