Although overall road deaths increased by 4% in 2016, the (highest annual total since 2011) motorcycle accident rates are falling in the UK, according to the Department of Transport’s Latest figures which show that motorcycle fatalities are down by 13% since 2015 and are 10% down on the 2010-14 average, despite a 2% overall increase in motorcycle traffic.
Andy Goodson, the Sales and Marketing Director for specialist scooter/motorcycle insurer, Lexham Insurance said: “The figures are encouraging in terms of reducing the number of motorcycle fatalities on Britain’s roads. While great strides are being made to improve motorcycle safety, further training and raising awareness could reduce these figures further.”
While the government spent a record £175m on improving the more dangerous A roads in England, by reducing the number of accidents on the ten most dangerous roads alone, there is the potential to save up to 17m a year. Yet, the Road Safety Foundation found that a further 6,111 kilometres of the UK’s roads still pose an unacceptably high risk.
Safer roads London
London is leading the way in making our roads safer by introducing new training schemes for motorcyclists. TFL have published figures that highlight that motorcyclists and their pillions accounted for 27% of serious injuries and 28% of all road fatalities in London in 2016.
Spearheaded by TFL and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, a range of new measures is set to raise the standards, with a focus on the motorcycle delivery and courier industry it aims to improve the confidence and skills of the Capital’s motorcyclists.
Changing the attitudes of drivers, advanced training for motorcyclists and raising awareness of hazardous situations could significantly impact the number of ‘Killed or Seriously Injured’ KSI’s in the UK.