Number of motorcycle road deaths increased in 2015

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The number of motorcyclists killed on UK roads is on the up, with 365 reported deaths in 2015.
That figure is up by eight per cent compared to 2014 and is something that will concern riders across the UK, especially as it is the second consecutive year that the number of bikers killed on UK roads has increased.

It works out as one motorcycle death a day in the UK and while the volume of general road deaths are decreasing, the number of bikers killed in 2015 was the highest it has been in five years.

Neil Greig, IAM Roadsmart’s director of policy and research, said: “The government must show more leadership to really drive down road deaths in the future.

“Key trends still show the increasing risk to vulnerable road users, particularly motorcyclists, and big increases in fatal crashes involving vans and lorries.”

Road safety charity, Brake, shares the sentiment and is calling for more ambitious road safety targets.

Lucy Amos, research advisor for Brake, said: “The increase in motorcycle deaths last year is a clear indicator that something must be done now to secure the safety of vulnerable road users in particular.

“This is why Brake is calling for the reintroduction of ambitious casualty reduction targets to act as a driving force for the fight against road death and injury at the national level.”

As yet there has been no comment from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

The statistics

According to the Department for Transport’s (DfT) latest road casualty report, 1,732 deaths occurred on UK roads in 2015.

While the total is still too high to be celebrated, it marks a two per cent drop compared to 2014, however road safety organisations like IAM and Brake believe the numbers show a plateau.

Neil Greg said: “Five years of flat lining on road deaths is unacceptable. Whilst 2015 was a relatively good year the huge gains in road safety made in the past now seem a distant memory.”

Lucy Amos, research advisor for Brake, said: “While we welcome the reduction in road deaths and serious injuries in 2015, the government figures released today reveal the danger of complacency.

“Although slight reductions have been achieved, we must remember that no road death is acceptable and we should not compromise when it comes to people’s lives and the safety of our roads.”

Worryingly, the number of child fatalities on UK roads grew by two per cent in 2015, with an obvious correlation to school run times of 3pm to 5pm.

The number of pedestrians killed dropped overall by eight per cent while the number of cyclists who were killed on the road also dropped by 12 per cent.

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