Scooter and motorcycle training

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-09-17
Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Reference: 
2003/1541
Question By: 
Andrew Pelling
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I noticed an increase in the use of scooters and motorcycles after the introduction of the Congestion Charge.

What work has been done to encourage people inexperienced in scooter and motorcycle use to have training? Has there been a notable increase in accidents involving scooters and motorcycles?

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Answer

Answer for Scooter and motorcycle training

Answer for Scooter and motorcycle training

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Powered two wheeler (P2W) casualties in London have been rising for 6 years, up to 2001, reflecting the significant increase in ownership. However, I am pleased to report that P2W casualties fell by 11% in 2002, compared to 2001. This reduction has been sustained, with the casualties in the first 3 months of 2003 being down a further 7.4% on the same period in 2002.I am keen that the number of casualties should continue to fall and, in response to the high levels of P2W casualties, TfL has been running a commercial in selected cinemas in London and on London television networks. This depicts the most common type of P2W crash, where another driver fails to see the motorcycle, and stresses the need for all motorists to be aware of other road users. Regarding specific training, BikeSafe London was introduced in April 2003. This scheme combines classroom sessions with on road assessment. It uses experienced Police motorcycle riders to appraise members of the public and give them feed back on their riding skills. Given the noticeable increase in the number of scooters in London, it is hoped to extend this to scooters (ScooterSafe London) in the future. .