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February 10, 2021

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DfT releases provisional estimates for reported road casualties in Britain in 2020

Fewer vehicles on the road due to coronavirus restrictions sees a 14% reduction in road deaths year-on-year.

A document, which details provisional estimates of the number of reported road casualties in Great Britain, year ending June 2020, has been release by the Department for Transport (DfT). The document details how recent trends have been impacted by the national restrictions implemented from March 2020 onwards following the coronavirus pandemic.

Figures for the year ending June 2020 show:

  • There were an estimated 1,580 road deaths in the year ending June 2020, which includes three months of the national lockdown. This is a decrease of 14% compared to the previous year. This change is statistically significant at the 95% confidence level;
  • There were 131,220 casualties of all severities in the year ending June 2020, down by 16% from the previous year;
  • This change is statistically significant:
  • The overall casualty rate per vehicle mile decreased by 2% over the same period. The reduction in casualties is broadly in line with the reduction in traffic which decreased by 14% over this period.


In early March 2020, the UK government set out its response to the coronavirus pandemic, including restrictions on travel. Coronavirus has had a wide impact on UK society and economic activity since March 2020.

As these figures are affected by the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, it is noted that this should be considered when comparing them with previous time periods.

Click here for the full report.

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