The Motorcycle Industry Association and Association of Chief Police Officers are launching a landmark policy documenttoday, to encourage greater use of motorcycles on UK roads, which should improve road safety as a result. Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity; A motorcycle safety and transport policy framework was jointly devised by police and industry, in response to the slowdown of reductions in rider casualties.
Though rider safety has improved considerably since 2000, motorcyclists are currently over represented in road fatality statistics (1% of traffic, 19% of fatalities). This could be reduced with government support.
Both police and industry agree traditional road safety policies directed at motorcycling will only partially deliver more positive outcomes for motorcycle safety beyond those already achieved. However, encouraging rather than discouraging motorcycling, should contribute to better safety outcomes.
The document, which will be unveiled at a Parliamentary Reception hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Motorcycle Group on Monday 8th December, calls for motorcycles to be included in mainstream transport policy and sets out a framework of practical recommendations addressing how this might be achieved.
See here for the full release plus quotes from Motorcycle Lead Tim Madgwick, MCIA CEO Steve Kenward and Steve Baker, MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Motorcycle Group