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Motor Cyclists

Volume 130: debated on Thursday 31 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what is the relative risk of injury in road traffic accidents for motor cyclists compared with other road users.

Casualty rates:1by road user type and severity: 1976 to 1986
Rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres/percentage
19761977197819791980198119821983198419851986
Pedal cyclists:
Killed7·15·97·48·47·26·95·66·26·86·16·5
KSI11798112138132123113123130121125
All severities552459522623591563534589609577623
TWMV riders:
Killed1822212117151313131212
KSI378406406388344296290288286293281
All severities1,2881,3531,3151,2251,073920920917916915898
Car drivers:
Killed0·80·80·80·80·70·70·70·60·60·50·6
KSI11111111101097777
All severities4646464540404034363738
Bus or coach drivers:
Killed0·30·30·30·10·10·10·20·10·1
KSI44332322222
All severities2224232317181616141716
LGV drivers:
Killed0·60·50·50·50·50·40·30·30·30·30·4
KSI98886664454
All severities3734343327262520212323
HGV drivers:
Killed0·40·40·40·40·30·30·30·20·30·30·3
KSI44443333333
All severities1718171613121312121312
All road users:2
Killed2·92·92·82·72·42·32·22·02·01·81·8
KSI3838373734333228292625
All severities151151147141130127126115118110106
Percentage of all road users accounted for above Killed4345444847484846464645
KSI5252535455555555545353
All severities5252525354545555555454
1 1985 rates have been revised.
2 Includes driver and riders of other vehicles.
The following table shows for each year the ratio of TWMV riders to car drivers for each of the three caualty severity classifications—killed, killed or seriously injured and all severities. The table is, effectively, the division of each of the three TWMV rider rows by the corresponding car driver row.
TWMV casualty rates relative to car driver casualty rates: by severity: 1976 to 1986
Car driver casualty rates = 1
YearKilledKSIAll severities
197623·034·428·0
197727·136·929·4
197826·536·928·6
197926·135·327·2
198024·634·426·8
198121·029·623·0
198219·132·223·0
198322·341·127·0
198421·740·925·4

[holding answer 29 March 1988]: The information requested is given for all two-wheeled motor vehicle TWMV riders. It is taken from the annual publication "Road Accidents Great Britain — The Casualty Report, 1986".

YearKilledKSIAll severities
198524·041·924·7
198620·040·123·6