Motorcycle deaths up 12%

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Published on 4 August 2016 by Robert Drane


Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

The Department for Transport released its latest road casualty statistics today (August 4 2016) showing that motorcycle casualties in Britain have increased by 12% in January-March 2016 compared to the same period last year.

This could point to an increase in yearly motorcycle fatality totals by the end of 2016, despite a steady reduction since 2010. In fact, motorcycle deaths in England were 41% lower in 2014 than the 2005-09 average.

Despite this, the total number of road-users killed or seriously injured has seen little reduction since 2013. Furthermore, drink-driving deaths have remained at 240 deaths a year since 2010.

The report notes that the "quarterly casualty figures in this release should be interpreted with caution" due to weather fluctations. However, the “weather-adjusted casualty figures for these quarters were not significantly different from the actual figures.

"It is therefore likely that the increases in fatalities, KSIs and total casualties in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter of 2015 would have occurred even if conditions in both quarters had been closer to the average.”

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) found the latest statistics worrying.

David Davies, Executive Director of PACTS said: “The Government is failing in its manifesto commitment to reduce the number of road users killed or seriously injured every year.”

According to PACT, drink-driving accounts for 13% of all road deaths.

In England, motorcyclists account for 20% of road deaths. The South East has the highest proportion of motorcyclist deaths (21.40% of road deaths are motorcyclists), closely followed by the East of England (20.97%).


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(Unfortunately, data could not be found for Wales and Scotland. Data calculated from September 2015 Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: 2014 Annual Report)


Main image: By Tony Webster (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Cropped and resized.