Light commercial vehicle safety

Publication Type:
Information Sheet 87

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Release Date:
April 2017

This information sheet analyses fatal crashes and fatalities involving light commercial vehicles. Light commercial vehicles account for more than 1 in 6 registered vehicles and almost 1 in 5 of total vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT).

In 2015 crashes involving light commercial vehicles accounted for 262 road deaths (21 per cent of road deaths), down 3.7 per cent on 2014. Deaths in crashes involving light commercial vehicles were down 5.0 per cent on the National Road Safety Strategy base period 2008–2010, less than light passenger vehicle involved crashes (down 16.4 per cent). This is partly due to greater exposure. Adjusting for VKT, light commercial vehicle fatal crash rates are still 17 per cent higher per billion VKT than for light passenger vehicles.