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MCIA 'heartened' by DfT road safety statement

The MCIA has responded to today’s DfT’s Road Safety Statement, which covers motorcycle training standards and other safety related subjects.

The industry body said it worked closely with the DfT on all areas that affected PTWs and Powered Light Vehicles and continued to promote their inclusion in transport policy. 

“We are heartened to see that this report looks to the future of mobility by considering safety as part of a changing transport landscape. However, we cannot shy away from the current PTW safety situation and our new policy document The Route to Tomorrow’s Journeys identifies ways of improving rider training to benefit safety.  As ever, we look to government to improve road user awareness of PTWs to counter those accidents that are not the fault of the rider. Changing attitudes about driving illegally, improving the driving test and improving roads policing will also help reduce PTW casualties.

“We are therefore pleased to see specific PTW actions in this document, as we have been in discussion with the DVSA over a number of years on many of these proposals, particularly in the area of pre-test training.”

Of the DfT road safety statement, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.

“Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

The action plan is designed to improve road safety for people at every stage of life – from birth to old age.

On motorcycles, the document addresses training, helmet and clothing standards, plus proposed changes to CBT.

BDN will be covering the document over the coming days.


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