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MAG CHALLENGES LATEST DFT ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY

The Motorcycle Action Group has expressed deep disappointment with the Department for Transport’s 2019 Road Safety Statement. This UK riders’ rights campaigner is critical of what it sees as a lack of substance and ambition for biker safety. In particular, it says that the eight specific action points for motorcyclists in this document are wrongly targeted solely at riders, rather than careless vehicle drivers who cause the majority of accidents in which bikes are involved.

Commenting on the report, MAG director of campaigns and political engagement Colin Brown said: “I have not had time fully to digest the report but on the surface this appears to be yet another disappointing demonstration of the absence of real passion when it comes to motorcycling. The action points are simply more of the same or, worse still, promises to take action when parliamentary time allows. This is simply not good enough. Where are the fresh ideas? Where is the urgency? If the safety of motorcyclists really is a priority, make parliamentary time.

“Just the other day the DVSA revealed the top 10 reasons for car drivers to fail their test. The top two were drivers failing to look properly at junctions and not using mirrors when changing lanes. The same release admitted that 39% of accidents are the result of a driver failing to look properly. As vulnerable road users, we need to see real action to raise the standards of driving. Simply focusing on training and safety gear for the victim is not going to cut it.”

MAG director of communications and public affairs Lembit ?pik added: “Honestly, I think a bunch of bikers spending an evening in the pub could have come up with an action plan that would have greater impact than this so-called package. We need the road safety community to take a step back and agree to really commit to motorcycle safety rather than just issuing a few more advice leaflets.”

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]

 

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