Motorcycles: Licensing

Department for Transport written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Randerson Baroness Randerson Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Sugg on 6 December (HL3547), which are the police forces that collect and publish statistics on the number of accidents involving moped riders with provisional licences; and why all police forces are not required to monitor and report on that aspect of road safety.

Photo of Baroness Sugg Baroness Sugg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Information about licence holding is not a variable in the STATS19 reporting system, which is the set of data that has to be collected for statistical purposes by a Police Officer when a personal injury road accident is reported to them. The variables to be collected by the police are defined by the STATS19 specification, and the police provide this information through the Annual Data Requirement.

Data on licence holding is only reported voluntarily by certain police forces which use the CRASH (Collision Recording And Sharing) software developed by DfT, and the data are not made available publicly. CRASH is used by about half of the police forces in England, and not all of these collect the licence holding information.

The specification for the data collected by STATS19 is reviewed periodically by the Standing Committee on Road Accident Statistics (SCRAS).

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