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Are there any circumstances whereby a collision would not be recorded in your dataset?

The DfT guidance document that relates to completion of road accident reports is called Stats20. Firstly it states that ” All road accidents involving human death or personal injury occurring on the Highway (‘road’ in Scotland) and notified to the police within 30 days of occurrence, and in which one or more vehicles are involved, are to be reported.”

Stats20 – Examples of accidents to be reported include:

  • accidents which commence on the highway but which involve casualties off the highway (eg. where a vehicle runs out of control while on the highway and causes casualties elsewhere);
  • accidents involving the boarding and alighting of buses or coaches and accidents in which passengers already aboard a bus/coach are injured, whether or not another vehicle or a pedestrian is involved;
  • accidents to pedal cyclists or horse riders, where they injure themselves or a pedestrian;
  • accidents resulting from deliberate acts of violence, but excluding casualties who are subsequently identified as confirmed suicides;
  • accidents within bus stations/interchanges where they form part of the highway;
  • accidents in Royal Parks (on roads to which the public have motor vehicle access)

Stats20 -Examples of accidents which should NOT be reported include:

  • accidents which do not involve personal injury
  • accidents on private roads (except Royal Parks) or in car parks
  • accidents reported to the police 30 or more days after they occurred
  • accidents involving confirmed suicides only.

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