Work-related road safety

  • Published: Deliverable 4.8v of the EC Fp7 project DaCoTA 2013
  • Authors: DaCoTA
  • Date Added: 22 Apr 2016
  • Last Update: 22 Apr 2016
  • Format: pdf


The DaCoTA aimed to look at data from all over the EU to produce leading edge research that could be used to benefit and aid decisions within the international road safety community.


The team gathered and analysis and collated a range of road safety data and previous research from 30 EU countries as well as providing an overview of employer policies and management processes. The report also outlines EU policy and regulations as well as reviewing current campaigns and best practice guidance.   The analysis covered injuries, contributory factors, vehicle types, economics, and the effects on business image.

Key Findings:

  • 40-60% of all work-related fatalities are from road collisions.

  • Professional driving is one of the highest risk occupations.

  • Professional drivers also impose a large amount of risk on other road users.

  • The costs of work-related road collisions are high for employees and general society.

  • Limitations in the data such as in the collection of journey purpose data is a key barrier to effective road safety activity.

  • Other barriers include lack of senior management commitment, poor integration between fleet safety and general health and safety, reliance on claims led procedures, inadequate collision investigation, lack of proactive responses to injury prevention, and inflexible attitudes to change.

  • Management framework are fragmented or insufficiently focused on social goals to reduce road injuries and collisions.

  • Both public and private sectors are becoming more focused on work-related road safety.

Key words

EU, Europe, Road, Safety, Injury, Collisions, Accidents, Management, Policy, Cost, Business


The research is a comprehensive overview of the current statistics and activity in work-related road safety over many of the EU countries. However, it lacks a clear methodological statement meaning that the origin of some data is unclear.