A report in Motorcycle News (MCN) says that Brake, the road safety charity, is backing a casualty reduction policy whose author once said motorcycles must be removed from the roads.
Road Safety GB has moved quickly to distanced itself from Brake’s position, describing this approach as “likely to do more harm than good”.
MCN says that Brake is lobbying the government to adopt the ideas of Claes Tingvall, a Swede who once said: “We must prevent the recruiting of new motorcyclists. In long-term thinking, I regret to say that motorcycles must go.”
Tingvall originally devised ‘Vision Zero’ in the 1990s (which has been adopted by Brake) and once said on Swedish TV: “There is no room for motorcycles in Vision Zero.”
According to MCN, Brake’s manifesto states: “Our vision, Vision Zero, imagines a world where road deaths and injuries, and carbon emissions from vehicles, have been reduced to zero.”
Ian Mutch, president of the Motorcycle Action Group, said: “The rabid end of the road safety lobby cannot tolerate the idea that anybody would trade a bit of safety for quality of life and fun.
“Everybody who gets on a motorcycle makes trade-off between safety and enjoyment and there is a growing school of thought which says it’s not acceptable for you as an individual to make that choice. That’s the great challenge facing the motorcycle lobby.”
A Road Safety GB spokesperson said: "Road safety groups should be engaging with riders and helping them stay safe on the roads, not suggesting they have their chosen mode of transport banned.
“Comments like this do more harm than good and are not representative of the views of our members.
“Motorcycles and other powered two wheelers are an important part of the transport mix and can help to relieve congestion in urban areas provided they’re used responsibly and are given due respect by other road users."
Click here to read the full MCN report.