RoSPA expresses concern over biker road deaths

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Published on 27 September 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A statement by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has expressed concern over an increase in road deaths among vulnerable road users.

Citing statistics released by the Department for Transport, the charity noted that “the number of people aged 60 and over killed in reported road accidents has increased by five per cent from 559 (2017) to 588 (2018), with a rise in the number of drivers and riders of motorcycles over 50cc being killed accounting for this”.

It also highlighted that “the number of motorcyclists killed on Great Britain’s roads rose from 349 in 2017 to 354 in 2018. RoSPA offers advanced driver and rider training which aims to reduce road accidents by encouraging an interest in road safety and by improving driving and riding standards, knowledge and skill.”

Commenting, the charity’s acting head of road safety Nick Lloyd said: “It is disappointing to see there has been little to no improvement in the number of fatalities on our roads. In light of this, we continue to urge the government to implement road safety targets to help prevent tragedies in the coming years.

“It is particularly concerning to see an increase in the number of older drivers and riders being killed and also a rise in the number of older road users being killed or seriously injured – which was up by nine per cent. We would recommend that mature motorists seek refresher training if they are noticing any changes in their driving or riding; in fact, we recommend that all drivers and riders take regular refresher training to keep their skills up to date.”

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