Road toll for Motorcyclists drops
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Fewer motorcyclists have been killed on New Zealand roads so far this year than in 2016, the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) says.
According to Ministry of Transport statistics, there have been 20 fatalities between 1 January and 24 July 2017. During the same time period in 2016, 26 people lost their lives. Last year, motorcyclists made up 16% of the overall road toll, but this has dropped markedly to 9% so far this year.
“While we’re happy that the road toll for motorcyclists has dropped, 20 fatalities is still 20 too many,” says MSAC Chair Mark Gilbert.
“With less than half the year left to go, we’d like to see the road toll improve even further.”
The Council believes motorcyclists can do a lot to look after themselves, and each other, when on the road.
“The winter months are perfect for brushing up on your skills, so arrange for your club or group to do a Ride Forever course. Now is also a good time to make sure your bikes and gear are in good condition, before taking your bike out of hibernation in the spring.
“The recent storms also make for a timely reminder to ride to the conditions and do your best to stay visible to other road users.”
Motorcyclists make up just 3% of the vehicles on the road, but cost ACC almost $90 million in 2016.
"This is another measure the Council seeks to reduce over time,” said Gilbert.