Government Response to the Transport Select Committee’s Motorcycling Inquiry

If only the rest of the DfT’s pronouncements could be as robust as parts of this reponse!

The Department slaps down the Committee’s suggestion that speed limiters be introduced by pointing out that:

  • casualty rates are 26% lower than the 1994-98 baseline and 8% lower than 2005
  • speeding is only a contributory factor in 4% of motorcycle accidents
  • going too fast for the conditions is a factor in just 9% of accidents

..and corrects their understanding of the pollution position with the clear statement that “measures to reduce maximum power or speed are not justified from an environmental perspective” and the polite suggestion that the data the Committee looked at when considering pollutants was either out of date or simply wrong.

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