July 1 2005.
The Motor Cycle Industry Association has welcomed the news that motorcycle user casualties are at their lowest levels since 1998 according to statistics released by the Department for Transport on June 30th.
Over the last year there has been a ten percent reduction in the number of motorcycle casualties. The number seriously injured has reduced by 13 percent and the number of killed has decreased by 16 percent.
By contrast, the number of miles travelled by motorcyclists has risen each year and the figure is now 37% higher than they were in 2003, showing that motorcycling is getting safer mile by mile..
Motorcyclists, however, are still vulnerable road users and face inequality in transport policy and on the roads today. There are now more than 1.5 million motorcycles in use, which accounts for about 5% of all motor vehicles, but they are still represented too highly in casualty statistics.
Craig Carey-Clinch, MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, "The news that motorcycling casualties are at the lowest level since 1998 is very heartening. However, there is no room for complacency by government, industry or road users.
"Now, more than ever, it is crucial that the Government takes action to quickly start and implement the recently launched 'Government Motorcycle Strategy', the IHIE guidelines are taken on board by local councils and motorcycle- friendly action is included in Local Transport Plans to ensure we can continue to build on the successes and improve road safety."
The MCI is due to launch its updated 19 Point Safety Strategy which has formed the backbone of the last three years works to improve motorcycle safety.