Motorcycles account for just one per cent of traffic on Britain’s roads, but bikers account for 20 per cent of all fatalities on the road according to figures from the Department for Transport.
As such, a petition to make the DVLA’s driving theory test include compulsory questions about motorcyclists has been launched, with the aim of making drivers more aware of bikers, and reducing the numbers of accidents on the road.
At present, prospective drivers can pass the test without answering a single question relating to motorbikes and bikers. Hannah Squirrell, director of marketing at bike insurance specialist Bennetts, which launched the petition, said: “With questions currently selected at random, there is no guarantee that a question relating to motorcyclists will arise in the current driving test format, so our petition is set to challenge that.
With the casualty rate of motorcyclists currently a staggering 61 times greater than that of motorists something must be done to increase awareness of bikers on our roads.”
The petition has been approved by the government, and at least 100,000 signatures need to be made in order to have this raised in the House of Commons for debate. If you’re a motorcyclist who cares about their own safety and that of your fellow riders, then you should think about adding your name to the list.