Many accidents in the fourth quarter

Thursday, 10 February 2022 (update 4 March 2022)
IM recovery operators carried out 31,288 recoveries in the fourth quarter of 2021, setting a record. The number of accidents was particularly notable, climbing to a total of 6,250. This was 25% up on the previous quarter, and the highest figure since the last quarter of 2019. Back then, operators dealt with 8,137 collisions. The fourth quarter is traditionally the period with the highest number of accidents in any given year.

Ted van Doorn of Vreugdenhil Berging records a response time of 4:51 minutes at the Prins Clausplein interchange, late in the evening of 27 December 2021

Ted van Doorn of Vreugdenhil Berging records a response time of 4:51 minutes at the Prins Clausplein interchange, late in the evening of 27 December 2021

Response times in the fourth quarter were slightly higher than in previous quarters. The average time for all recovery operations came to 12:25 minutes, 21 seconds slower than in the third quarter. Following correction for delays due to traffic congestion, the average response time was just 10:48 minutes. This was 11 seconds slower than in the third quarter.

Quickest recovery operators, 2021-Q4

Rank Previous Recovery operator Response time average Recoveries

The table is restricted to companies that have carried out at least 250 recovery operations in the past quarter

Bergingscentrale H. v.d. Vliet in Abbenes was, once more in the fourth quarter, the quickest recovery operator in the country, followed by four operators in and around Rotterdam and The Hague: Barendregt, Roos, Vreugdenhil and Van de Graaf. in Liempde (NB) proved that you don't have to be based in Zuid-Holland to be among the top performers. This company achieved an average response time of 8:28 minutes and, as a result, made it to sixth place, just behind Jan van de Graaf Jr. from Rotterdam.

Michel van Kempen of in a photo from 2019

Michel van Kempen of in a photo from 2019

Of the speedy recovery operators Takel-, Berging- en Transportbedrijf A. Barendregt of Rhoon was indeed the only one to record an average response time of under 8 minutes in more than one district. The company accomplished this feat in six districts, which together form an unbroken area that stretches from Sliedrecht to Rozenburg.

IM recovery operators with average response times below 8 minutes

Recovery operator Districts Area (km) Recovery operations
BarendregtZH166, ZH167, ZH168, ZH173, ZH175, ZH177194,52.019
National total8.730,031.288
% of districts with response time <8min6,6%16,4%

In the fourth quarter, the target of performing all recovery operations with a response time in each case that is under the standard of twenty minutes during the day and twenty-five minutes at night was hit in just six operations areas. Two of those, on either side of the River Meuse at Cuijk, are served by Autohulpdienst Ben Heiltjes, a company that frequently features in this list.

IM recovery operators with 100% performance

Recovery operator Districts Area (km) Recovery operations
HeiltjesGL268, NB33047,270
Totaal landelijk8.730,029.166
Aandeel 100%1,6%1,3%

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