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Motorcycle minded


I was struck by the contrast between two stories (NCE 1 July). One, by Bernadette Redfern, concentrated on the efforts being made to reduce deaths on construction sites from the present 72 a year.

The other, in the What the papers say column, repeats a Guardian report that motorcycle deaths had increased by 84 to 693 in the past year.

In both cases the majority of deaths are young to middle aged men with much still to contribute to their communities and families.

While our industry is making serious efforts to reduce the death toll, the motor cycle industry is making ever more powerful and faster machines.

As far as I am aware the only response by the government is for some police forces to set up more speed checks. There appear to be no laws or codes of practice which attempt to define safety envelopes such as maximum speeds and accelerations, minimum grips and handling characteristics.

Is there any way that the motor cycle industry can be forced to accept a proper responsibility for the nearly 20% of road traffic deaths, ten times as many as those killed on construction sites ?

Dr John Bellamy (M), john@jbellamy.

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