September 15th 2004. The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has exposed how the Government turned down the opportunity to help fund the police-led Bikesafe scheme using revenue made by speed cameras.

Until the end of this financial year, the administration costs of Bikesafe will be funded by the MCI.

The MCI applied for yearly funding of the Bikesafe scheme from the network of safety camera partnerships. The Government rejected the application - despite the popularity of Bikesafe with riders and the MCI's belief that it led to an 8 per cent decrease in motorcycle casualties in London in 2003.

Bikesafe combines rider assessment, road-safety discussion and assisted motorcycle riding to identify areas where riders could benefit from advanced training.

Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI Director of Public Affairs, said: "The idea of a national road-safety scheme, which is police-run, has public support and a proven track-record, effectively going bust after a few months is absurd. Government seems to expect that the scheme - for which it has already indicated support - can run on fresh air. The refusal of Ministers to consider speed-camera funding is short-sighted and exasperating, to say the least."