Motorcycles: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 19th November 2018.

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Photo of Royston Smith Royston Smith Conservative, Southampton, Itchen

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the risk to motorcyclists of inexperienced (a) HGV and (b) car drivers; and what plans he has to improve the driver education on motorcyclists.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

In the forthcoming refreshed Road Safety Statement, motorcyclists are one of the priority groups that the Department will be addressing.

In 2017, there were 124 accidents involving a motorcyclist and a car in which the Contributory Factor ‘learner or inexperienced driver/rider’ was allocated by a police officer to the car driver; and 661 accidents in which it was allocated to the motorcycle rider. There were no accidents involving a motorcyclist and a HGV, in which the Contributory Factor ‘learner or inexperienced driver/rider’ was allocated to the HGV driver; and 17 accidents in which it was allocated to the motorcycle rider.

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