The DVSA has produced a series of ‘thought-provoking’ videos to encourage learner drivers to be more aware of motorcyclists.
The computer-generated videos, which will become part of the DVSA’s official learning materials, show how easily motorcyclists can be missed by road users, resulting in ‘tragic consequences’.
They have been produced with the help of road safety campaigner and keen biker Ria Brisland – whose 19-year-old son, Nick, died in April 2015 after being involved in a collision with a car while riding his motorcycle.
Ria Brisland said: “Getting everyone to be aware of their fellow road users at all times is essential if we are to prevent collisions and the devastating consequences they can have on families.
“These new clips are thought-provoking and will make a difference to the way people look for bikers. They may prove the difference between life and death.”
Michael Ellis, road safety minister, said: “Britain’s roads are among the safest in the world, but still far too many vulnerable people are involved in fatal and serious injury collisions each year.
“After reading Ria’s story and her concerns for fellow bikers, I was determined to help her and I am delighted that these clips will now be seen by millions of learners, helping improve road safety.”
Why are the clips are being introduced?
In 2017, motorcyclists accounted for 19% of all deaths of Great Britain’s roads, despite only making up around 1% of all road traffic.
During that year, 2,656 motorcyclists were involved in collisions resulting from a driver or rider failing to look properly – approximately 17% of all motorcycle collisions.
The DVSA says it’s vital that all drivers know how to spot motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users and take appropriate action.
Mark Winn, DVSA’s chief driving examiner, said: “These important new clips, created with Ria, will aid driver and rider training and protect vulnerable motorcyclists.”