By John Ensor •
Published: 20 Nov 2023 • 18:02
The Black Friday shopping extravaganza is just days away with millions of items bought online and delivered directly to customers’ doors.
November 24, otherwise known as Black Friday 2023, renowned for its shopping frenzy, is expected to hit a staggering 4.6 million daily deliveries, primarily via vans.
In light of this, the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) has announced a focused surveillance campaign from Monday, November 20 until Sunday, November 26, according to the Spanish Ministry of the Interior.
This year’s initiative comes amid an alarming increase in van-related traffic incidents. In 2022, accidents involving vans rose by seven per cent, with fatalities spiking by 30 per cent compared to the previous year.
The DGT’s campaign will therefore cover various roads, with a particular focus on major routes as well as industrial estates, loading and unloading areas and shopping centres
Vans, which are a major part of the booming e-commerce sector, represent seven per cent of Spain’s vehicles. Yet last year, they were involved in 9,242 traffic accidents resulting in 221 deaths.
The surge in online shopping, especially during Black Friday, underscores the importance of this campaign. Furthermore, work-related traffic accidents involving vans and trucks increased from 4.6 per cent in 2021 to 5.1 per cent in 2022, according to the National Institute of Safety and Health at Work.
Speeding remains the most common offence, with over 302,000 reports last year, marking a 20 per cent increase. The Guardia Civil and local police will conduct checks for speed, vehicle and driver documentation, load security, alcohol and drug presence, and adherence to the Technical Vehicle Inspection. This comprehensive approach aims to enhance road safety during one of the busiest times of the year.
Delving deeper, the statistics present a concerning picture. The involvement of vans in severe traffic incidents has been climbing steadily. Last year, 79 van occupants and 142 other road users, including pedestrians, lost their lives in these accidents.
Additionally, 210 van occupants suffered serious injuries requiring hospitalisation. These figures not only reflect a growing trend in road mishaps but also highlight the urgent need for stricter surveillance and enforcement.
With Black Friday’s approach, the DGT is gearing up to manage the expected spike in road traffic. Their strategy involves setting up control points on key roadways, particularly those with higher rates of accidents.
As the e-commerce industry continues to grow, and with it, the reliance on vans for delivery, the DGT’s proactive approach to road safety becomes increasingly vital. Their campaign is not only about enforcing laws but also about safeguarding the lives of thousands who take to the roads during this busy season.
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Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina.
He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.
I’m not surprised with these statistics given the way that some of the van drivers drive around on the narrow roads where I live, especially when they cut corners on blind bends
I agree with John but then what do the statistics tell us, above is only someone’s snapshot using the data to their own end. Does the data tell us that the rise in van usage is because of increased online ordering, let’s say four hundred percent. Would the ensuing accident percentage rise? Now look at the percentage of road users against van drivers, and so it goes on. Next they will be saying they have used modelling, hmm, where have we heard that before?
Is this percentage safety or money generation?
What was the percentage increase in the number of vans on the road. What was the percentage of accidents as a percentage of the vans on the road. The number of vans increase more than the percentage of accidents. Statistics mean nothing if you don’t give all the numbers.
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