The number of motorcycle casualties has continued to fall over the last year. Figures released by the Department for Transport show a drop not only in casualties, but also fatalities, despite a growth in motorcycling. However, doubt has been raised about the validity of accident reporting by the police. To see more, click here.
Over the last decade the amount of motorcycle traffic has risen by one-third, yet the number of casualties and fatalities is less than one percent higher. Where other vulnerable road-users have seen a reduction in their casualty rates their presence on the road has reduced.
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The Motorcycle Industry (MCI) suggests that recent initiatives to raise other road-users awareness of motorbikes and further improvements to rider’s skills are starting to bear fruit.
In recent years more people have taken to motorcycling as a way to avoid congestion on the roads and motorcycle sales have more than doubled since the early nineties. So it is surprising that injuries have dropped, yet cars and pedal cyclists have seen a slight increase in the numbers of their casualties.