Causes of Road Accident

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Road Transport and Road Traffic Accident Statistics (Island of Mauritius) January – June 2011 1. Vehicles registered as at June 2011

As at 30 June 2011, the number of vehicles registered at the National Transport Authority (NTA) was 392,276. This represents a net increase of 8,161 (2.1%) vehicles as compared to the end of December 2010 when the number of registered vehicles stood at 384,115 (Table 1.1). 2. Net increase between January and June 2011

Between January and June 2011, the fleet was strengthened with the registration of 10,602 vehicles, of which 7,762 (73.2%) were new, 2,324 (21.9%) were imported second-hand and the other 516 (4.9%) were re-registered vehicles previously put off the road. During the same period, 2,441 vehicles were put off the road. The net addition to the existing fleet worked out to 8,161 (Table 1.1). 3. Composition of the fleet

The composition of the fleet by type of vehicles is shown in Table 1.2. At the end of June 2011, the fleet consisted of 180,268 cars and dual purpose vehicles (46.0%) and 162,531 motorized two-wheelers (41.4%). The remaining 12.6% comprised 25,974 vans, 13,368 lorries and trucks, 2,883 buses and 7,252 other vehicles. 4. Cars and dual purpose vehicles

The number of cars and dual purpose vehicles increased by 4,634 (2.6%) from 175,634 at the end of December 2010 to 180,268 at the end of June 2011. This net increase resulted from the registration of 5,526 vehicles (3,337 new, 1,947 imported second-hand and 242 re-registered) and the de-registration of another 892 vehicles. 5. Motor cycles and auto cycles

At the end of June 2011, there were 162,531 motor cycles and auto cycles. This represents a net increase of 3,202 (2.0%) against 159,329 at the end of December 2010. 6. Road traffic accidents

From January to June 2011, a total of 11,426 road accidents was reported, of which 1,300 (11.4%) were casualty accidents and 10,126 (88.6%) were non-injury accidents. A breakdown of casualty accidents by severity showed that 63 (4.8%) were fatal accidents, 244 (18.8%) were serious injury accidents and 993 (76.4%) were slight injury accidents (Table 2.1). Compared to the same period of 2010, the total number of road accidents increased by 1.8%. Casualty accidents rose by 4.3% and non-injury accidents by 1.5%. The number of

-2fatal accidents went down by 3.1% whilst serious and slight injury accidents increased by 4.7% (Table 2.1). 7. Vehicles involved in road accidents

The number of vehicles (motor and non-motor) involved in road accidents during the period January to June 2011 was 20,191, up by 0.7% compared to the corresponding period of 2010 (20,050). The number of motor vehicles involved in casualty accidents during the first semester of 2011 was 20,102, up by 0.9% compared to 1,880 for the same period in 2010 (Table 2.1). As shown in Table 2.3, out of all vehicles involved in casualty accidents during the first half of 2011, around 32.1% were private cars, 40.6% motor/auto cycles, 11.7% vans and 7.1% buses. 8. Casualties

From January to June 2011, a total of 1,693 casualties (fatalities and persons injured as a result of road accidents) were reported as compared to 1,836 for the corresponding period of 2010, i.e. a decrease of 7.8%. The number of fatalities (persons killed as a result of road accidents) went up by 12.9% from 70 to 79 and the number of seriously injured rose by 3.1% from 287 to 296. On the other hand the number of slightly injured persons decreased by 10.9% from 1,479 to 1,318 (Table 2.1). Table 2.4 shows that around 36.3% of the casualties were riders of motor/auto cycles, 29.6% passengers, 16.5% pedestrians and 15.2% drivers. 9. Hit and run cases in casualty accidents

During the first six months of 2011, 81 ‘hit and run’ accidents involving casualties were reported to police stations against 96 for the corresponding period of the preceding year (Table 2.5). Among the 81 cases, 38 were accidents involving only vehicles while the...
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