INDUSTRY CHALLENGES PUBLIC OPINION ON SPEEDING AND MOTORCYCLISTS

August 10 2006.
An MCI survey, carried out by Tickbox.net has found that the general public has inaccurate perceptions of motorcyclists' speed of travel when these are set against the results of Government research.
In the Tickbox survey, over half (57%) of respondents thought that motorcyclists were likely to speed on their way to work, but only 23% thought car drivers were likely to speed. However, official Government surveys of thousands of vehicles have shown the average recorded speed of PTWs surveyed is at, or within the prevailing limit. Whilst a significant minority, about 1 in 4, exceed the limit by more than 5mph in built-up areas, or 10mph in non-built-up areas, the figures show that about 1 in 5 car drivers are doing the same. 
The Tickbox survey revealed that the view of motorcycle riders among those surveyed are closer to the official findings, particularly in urban areas. There was a three way split of opinion among motorcyclists, with 35% suggesting car drivers were the speeding culprits, compared to the 33% who considered the riders themselves to be at fault. 30% said that they thought neither was more likely to speed on the way to work.
Government statistics show that driver figures for speeding are very similar to riders and in light of current discussions on lowering speed limits and intelligent speeding systems on bikes the motorcycle industry wants to raise awareness that speed is not the only factor that should be focussed on when dealing with road safety issues.
MCI's Craig Carey-Clinch said, "Speed limits have a key role to play, but they must be relevant to conditions on the road in a given situation. Setting arbitrary lower limits for the sake of it isn't always helpful and can contribute to riders and drivers taking less responsibility for their actions as they focus less on the road and more on watching their speedometer. It is more important that all road users are well trained, aware of other road users and competently skilled so they are able to react appropriately in all situations"
"New technological developments, which could lead to remote control over bikes also pose some concerns. Technology that can inform riders in real-life situations does have value, but if they are designed to the extent that it interferes with a rider's control and ability to complete manoeuvres, then this becomes a serious issue.
" The industry is committed to making roads safer for all users but believes that a broader approach that addresses training, skills, attitudes and infrastructure in addition to sensible speed choice is the most effective way we can reduce road casualties"