Fall in car recoveries growth rate in 2012

Wednesday 27 February 2013
The number of IM reports once again rose, in 2012. The 93 Dutch IM recovery companies received a total of 81.389 callouts, 8% more than in 2011, when the Incident Management Coordination Centre ("LCM") of the Stichting Incident Management Nederland passed on 75,711 incident reports. The growth rate, however, was clearly lower than in previous years. In 2010 and 2011, the growth figures amounted to 18% and 12%, respectively.

This fall in growth rate is a consequence of the efforts of Rijkswaterstaat to limit the number of breakdown movements. Breakdown movements are orders to IM recovery companies to transport broken-down vehicles from dangerous locations to a location where the breakdown service can safely carry out its work. Since September 2012, the spectacular rise in numbers of this type of callout has been brought to an end. The number of breakdown movements in fact fell over the last four months of the year by more than 15%, as compared to 2011. Nonetheless, for the whole of the year, the number of breakdown movements in 2012 still rose by 16%.

IM Meldingen in 2012

The road network covered by incident management remained practically unaltered in 2012. However, the number of IM reports on provincial and municipal IM roads did demonstrate a major rise in 2012, from 7,556 in 2011 to 8,790 in 2012 (increase of 16%). This rise was partly due to the expansion of the IM network on 1 October 2011. On that date, more than one hundred kilometres of IM road were added in the Provinces of Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland and Zeeland.

Recovery type 2012 2011 Growth
Loze rit16.73816.1434% 
ANWB en overig14.8119.959(49%)

As in previous years, the number of reported accidents fell slightly. Another trend which continued this year was the downturn in the importance of the police as a source of IM reports. The number of police reports fell by 3%. There was a major shift in the reporting service from the KLPD (National Police Services Agency) to the regional police forces. The number of KLPD reports fell by 33%, while reports from regional forces rose by 10%. The share of police reports in the total number of IM reports fell from 40% to 36%. Nonetheless, the police remained far and away the most important source of accident reports. Of all accident reports, 71% came from the police (2011: 74%). The number of reports from the ANWB once again rose considerably in 2012, as had been the case in 2011.

The breakdown of IM reports in 2012 across the various recovery districts is shown in the document IM reports per district 2012.

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