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Motor Cyclists (Safety Helmets)

Volume 884: debated on Wednesday 15 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his latest estimate of the reduction in deaths and serious injuries to motor cyclists since the wearing of safety helmets was made compulsory.

In the year ended 30th June 1974 the number of fatal and serious casualties among riders and passengers of two-wheeled motor vehicles was 3 per cent. greater than in the preceding year, but the mileage ridden on these vehicles rose by 6 per cent. Savings from the compulsory wearing of safety helmets are estimated to be about 200 deaths and serious injuries each year.