Earlier this year it was reported in the U.S. that the “nation’s SUV boom is becoming increasingly deadly” after it was revealed that pedestrian deaths hit a 28-year high in 2018. A new data crunch from British transport data experts shows there may be a similar lethality problem with SUVs in the U.K.
Britain’s Department for Transport (DfT) should be “really concerned that some [car] sizes are twice as likely to kill pedestrians compared to others,” says transport policy advisor Adam Reynolds.
He has worked with other spreadsheet specialists on police crash data made more statistically accessible by Robin Lovelace, a “Big Data” fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies at Leeds University in northern England.
This crash data is collected by the police on the STATS19 form which does not provide information on vehicle types but does give engine capacity, where known. Dr. Lovelace has put the raw crash data into R format, a type of software for statistical computing widely used by data scientists and statisticians. The dataset contains information on crash dates going back to 1979 as well as location, vehicles involved and casualties.
Reynolds says, “further work [is required] to understand if the issue is speed or the issue is size and shape of vehicle.”
He adds: “The DfT should be publishing that analysis and the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency should be removing dangerous vehicle shapes from the road.”
SUVs are not specifically pinpointed in crash data but, says Reynolds, “it is clear that the cars with 1.8-liter to 2-liter engines have a higher fatality rate, 2% vs. 1.4%, and this is likely to be speed- and size-related.”
More alarming, he stresses, is that the 2-liter to 3-liter category shows a 2.4% fatality rate, and he states this “will be due to larger size and not just speed.”
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Carlton Reid Earlier this year it was reported in the U.S. that the “nation’s SUV boom is becoming increasingly deadly” after it was revealed that pedestrian deaths hit a 28-year high in 2018. A new data crunch from British transport data experts shows there may be a similar lethality problem with SUVs in the U.K…. [Read More]