The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) has strengthened its road safety credentials with the appointment of a skilled motorcycle safety practitioner in the crucial role of 'Motorcycle Casualty Reduction Advisor'.
Chief Inspector Mark Owen, of North Wales police has extensive experience of roads policing and casualty reduction matters at various levels from practitioner to managing all Wales projects including BikeSafe Cymru.
He has more than 25 years experience as a motorcyclist including being a police class one rider and examiner and has been involved with motorcycle casualty reduction for at least 15 years
Mark was also involved in the production of the DVD 'A Street. A Track, An Open Road' as a judge and has enjoyed close working relations with the MCI, the various ACPO heads, senior managers from the DfT and the BikeSafe community.
Mark has initially been seconded to MCI for one year from North Wales Police to support the MCI in an extensive range of activities and initiatives during which time he will;
- Be the key direct link between the MCI and the police service to provide the industry perspective and to gain the support of the police service at a strategic level.
- Assist with the roll out of the Rider Improvement Scheme across England and Wales
- Assist in the continued development of the Street Track Open Road Project
- Liaise and work with a range of organizations involved with road safety
Karen Cooke, MCI's Motorcycle Safety Manager said, "We are delighted that we have this opportunity to draw on the wealth of knowledge and experience that Mark Owen has in the field of casualty reduction.
"The MCI is committed to reducing casualties and we anticipate that the role that Mark is undertaking will ensure that we get nearer to the target. We expect that he will help BikeSafe become more self sufficient, enhance the links between MCI and the police and develop the rider improvement schemes."