HC Deb 26 February 1985 vol 74 c119W
Mr. Thurnham

asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many serious and how many fatal injuries have been caused as a result of accidents involving motor cycles in each of the last three years; what action is being taken to reduce these accidents; and if, following the recommendations in the report of the Transport Committee on "Road Safety", he is considering limiting the engine sizes of motor cycles for younger riders.

Mrs. Chalker

The information requested is as follows:

Fatalities Serious injuries
1981 1,304 20,553
1982 1,267 20,608
1983 1,073 17,715

Figures for 1984 are not yet available.

The Transport Act 1981 contained a number of measures designed to improve the safety of motor cyclists, including a reduction in the maximum size of the learner machine. I have already said that I shall be reviewing the operation of these measures. I shall give my views on the Transport Committee's recommendations on motor cycling when I make my overall response to the Committee's report.