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Motorcycle Casualties Lowest Since 1998
 
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Motorcycle Casualties Lowest Since 1998 - June 30th 2005


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    The Motor Cycle Industry Association today welcomed the news that motorcycle user casualties are at their lowest levels since 1998 according to statistics released by the Department for Transport today.

    Over the last year there has been a ten percent reduction in the number of motorcycle casualties. The number seriously injured has reduced by 13 percent and the number of killed has decreased by 16 percent.

    By contrast, the number of miles travelled by motorcyclists has risen each year and the figure is now 37% higher than they were in 2003, showing that motorcycling is getting safer mile by mile..

    The MCI who has invested heavily in safety over the last five years welcomes this reduction and is encouraged for the future.

    Motorcyclists, however, are still vulnerable road users and face inequality in transport policy and on the roads today. There are now more than 1.5 million motorcycles in use, which accounts for about 5% of all motor vehicles, but they are still represented too highly in casualty statistics.

    Craig Carey-Clinch MCI's Director of Public Affairs said, " The news that motorcycling casualties are at their lowest level since 1998 is very heartening. However, there is no room for complacency by government, industry or road users.

    "Now, more than ever it is crucial that the Government takes action to quickly start and implement the recently launched 'Government Motorcycle Strategy', the IHIE guidelines are taken on board by local councils and motorcycle- friendly action is included in Local Transport Plans to ensure we can continue to build on the successes and improve road safety."

    The MCI is due to launch its updated 19 Point Safety Strategy which has formed the backbone of the last three years works to improve motorcycle safety. The MCI announced today that it had completed all of its actions and was only unsuccessful where there was lack of government intervention and support. This demonstrates that it is possible to reduce the number of motorcycle casualties, but it will only be achieved by working in partnership.