This morning, the Department for Transport released its annual road casualty statistics, 'Road Casualties Great Britain 2005', using data collected by police following road crashes.
For the first time, police have recorded the purpose of journeys, revealing that 54,935 at-work vehicles were involved in crashes in 2005 – 151 every day of the year in Britain.
A quarter of all crashes involve vehicles being driven for work-related reasons. One in seven (15%) of vehicles involved in crashes were being driven for work, and a further 9% of vehicles in crashes were being driven to or from work.
A total of 3,201 people were killed on Britain's roads in 2005, one per cent less than in 2004. The number of people seriously injured fell to 28,954, seven per cent lower than in 2004. Total casualties in 2005 were 271,017, three percent fewer than in 2004.
No figures showing how many at-work accidents resulted in deaths or injuries.