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Motorcycles: Safety

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) what percentage of his Department’s road safety budget is allocated to motorcycle safety in 2009-10; (296777)

(2) what his Department’s budget is for (a) bicycle safety, (b) pedestrian safety and (c) motorcycle safety in 2009-10;

(3) with reference to page 5 of his Department’s publication, The Government’s Motorcycling Strategy, what percentage of his Department's budget is allocated to measures to mainstream motorcycling in 2009-10.

Most spending on road safety is undertaken by local authorities from their own resources, including general Government grant and locally raised revenues. The total amount spent on road safety, including cycle, pedestrian and motorcycle safety, is not recorded. In 2009-10 the Department for Transport’s spending on cycle, pedestrian and motorcycle safety is as follows:

Think campaign—£1,685,000 on all Child Safety, including the development of teaching materials for educational settings, £1,840,000 for teenage pedestrian road safety and £3,385,000 on motorcycle safety.

Road Safety Partnership Grant—£1,043,000 on motorcycle safety. Other programme budget for road safety projects that will impact on all road users, including pedestrians, cycles and motorcycles totals £6,775,000.

Research—£238,000 on our cycle safety project, £230,000 on motorcycle safety projects and £126,500 on motorcycle engineering projects. £149,985 on research into the feasibility of allowing motorcyclists to use Advanced Stop Lines at signal junctions, currently reserved for pedal cyclists.

Cycle Training—£9.5 million in direct grants to local authorities and schools to deliver over 200,000 additional National Standard cycle training places for children with a further £500,000 for extra trainers to deliver the increased training. The programme is primarily aimed at encouraging more children to cycle specifically on school journeys, but should help them to do so more safely.

The safety of all road users, including cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists, also benefits from our activities and spending on broader road safety measures, including changes to the road environment and to improve driver behaviour.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with motor manufacturers on the requirement for daytime running lights. (296907)

Department for Transport officials have been involved in ongoing discussions with motor manufacturers relating to the development and implementation of European requirements on the fitment of daytime running lamps to new vehicles.