Karen Cole, Director of Safety and Training for the MCIA was invited to contribute to a Department for Transport review of road safety practice and intervention.
She joined internationally recognised road safety experts, who are conducting a Road Safety Management Capacity Review for the government.
This is a globally recommended management tool to support the institutional delivery of road safety, and to take forward the ‘safe systems’ approach.
The activity involves a systematic review of previous road safety interventions to identify best practice and to estimate the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches. It will also identify barriers to success and suggest what needs to happen to plug ‘gaps’.
One of the recommendations of the meeting was that a system to share information should be established to share what does and doesn’t work in the UK. This would allow road safety practitioners to easily access the work of others, rather than working in isolation.
Karen, who has won three awards for her contribution to improving motorcycle safety, is also a board member for the road safety charity Roadsafe as well as a long time motorcyclist.
Our man in Brussels
Public affairs team member Chris Hodder was in Brussels this week to find out the latest regarding new rules around the labelling and sale of personal protective clothing (PPE).
Keeping abreast of new legislation on behalf of members is an important part of the MCIA’s remit.
Information will be forwarded to members involved in manufacturing and importing motorcycle clothing and a full briefing will be given at the next round of Special Member Group meetings in March.
Email Polly Fenn to confirm your attendance.
Tackling theft in London
CEO Tony Campbell joined the Met Police’s communications team to discuss how MCIA will help deliver the next phase of the Police’s ‘Be Safe’ campaign to cut scooter theft in London.
The first phase of the campaign, which launched in June last year, aimed to highlight how locking a scooter or motorcycle makes it harder for thieves to steal.
The second phase is likely to be launched early this year.
Tony Campbell is also leading a Home Office working group to tackle moped and scooter theft and recently met with London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan to update him on how industry is playing its part in fighting the theft of powered two wheelers.
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Last week was another busy week for the Motorcycle Industry Association with the emphasis on road safety, motorcycle theft and new legislation for protective clothing.