December 14 2012.

Information issued by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) tells of 149 reported motorcycle training incidents between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012. The DSA further described the disproportionate number of females involved in incidents as a worrying trend.

The release reads as follows;

This information gives an overview of training incidents reported to DSA from 1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012.

There were 149 reported incidents during this time. Some of the main findings where the detail has been specified are:

• 40% of all incidents happened during CBT training on road
• there were 27 serious incidents - 52% of which involved females
• a third of all incidents happened between 1pm and 3pm
• 65% of incidents happened where there was a training ratio of 2:1
• 35% of incidents happened where the trainee was following the trainer

Disproportionate number of females involved in incidents
Even though the data captured so far is limited, the worrying trend emerging shows a disproportionate number of females involved in incidents resulting in serious injury.

To put the incident numbers involving females into perspective over 50,000 males took a motorcycle test in the reporting period compared to around 5,000 females. We appreciate that learning to ride a motorcycle isn't without risk, but this is something that needs to be highlighted.

The information isn't complete because a high number of entries have been marked on the reports as 'not specified'.

The detail report can be downloaded via;