Threats To HGV & Delivery Drivers

Assaults, attempted thefts and roadside incidents against and involving HGV and delivery drivers are continuing to rise within the UK, while accidents – such as slips, trips and falls – and other medical emergencies remain a constant threat to their wellbeing.

There are over 300,000 HGV drivers working within the UK, as well as many more van drivers delivering to homes and businesses. With the majority working alone, often at night or out of hours, the dangers they face on a daily basis are considerable and the facts make for some sobering reading:

  • ROAD INCIDENTS – In 2019, Department for Transport statistics show there were 16,918 road accidents involving vans and HGVs in the UK, with 3,640 fatal or serious incidents.
  • THEFT & HIJACKING – 100s of cargo crime incidents are reported every month (411 in September 2020) according to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) as thieves increasingly target vehicle loads and fuel.
  • ROADSIDE COLLISIONS – A growing number of roadside incidents in the UK. Department of Transport (DfT) figures claim there are 24 collisions involving parked vehicles every week on motorways or main roads, with a fifth resulting in death or serious injury.
  • INCREASED RISK – A significant rise in major incidents following the roll-out of smart motorways, with one stretch of road reporting six times as many serious collisions per year.

Just in the last month there has been a spate of shocking incidents reported in the media that highlight the ongoing threat to road transport drivers across the UK:

A HGV driver was held at knifepoint and forced to walk into some woods as a gang of four men hijacked his vehicle in Milton Keynes.

Thieves made off with £5 million worth of electrical equipment after the HGV driver and a security guard were targeted and tied up in Northamptonshire.

Delivery drivers have been preyed upon by violent hijackers in multiple attacks in Wolverhampton, resulting in the theft of vans and packages.

A HGV driver was nearly run off the road by another commercial vehicle in a shocking road rage attack near the M1 in Barlborough, Derbyshire.

Employers within the logistics, road transport and home delivery sectors have a legal and moral duty of care to protect their drivers and minimise the risks they face. Drivers should be able to make their deliveries safe in the knowledge that they can request immediate assistance should they need it, wherever they are.

Peoplesafe is the market-leading lone worker service, trusted by over 3,000 organisations in the UK to protect their at-risk employees. Our solution provides drivers with peace of mind that support is on hand if they are attacked, threatened or injured. On average, raised alerts are answered by a controller at our 24/7 Alarm Receiving Centre in under six seconds.

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