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Club news: Nearly a third of Swedish motorcycle fatalities are non-license holders, SMC reports


Publication date: 06 December 2016


The Swedish Motorcyclists Association (SMC) have released a report on illegal motorcycle riding, revealing that almost one third of the persons who are killed on motorcycles are not motorcyclists; they don’t own a motorcycle and they don’t have a motorcycle license. Several studies, by SMC members, have shown that motorcyclists in general have a better attitude to road safety compared to motorists, for example concerning driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All studies showed that 100 percent had a valid motorcycle license. Every year SMC is invited by the Swedish Transport Administration to review the in-depth studies of fatal motorcycle accidents. It is these facts that are collected in the report “Extreme behavior- mainly a question of riding without a license 3.0”. Over the years, it’s become clear that a high share of the persons killed on motorcycles are not members of the motorcycle community of motorcyclists at all.

Some of the facts that are presented in the report:

  • 28% of the fatalities on motorcycles did not have a valid motorcycle license

  • 70% of the persons who are killed without a license were drunk and/or under the influence of drugs

  • 78% of the persons without a license were riding an illegal motorcycle (not in use, not registered, not paid insurance, banned to ride, stolen, competition bike)

  • Less than half, 46%, of the persons without a license owned the motorcycle

The statistics clearly shows that there is a huge need for special measures to reduce the motorcycle accidents.

 

Maria Nordqvist, Political Secretary at SMC said: “We can’t continue to create a road safety strategy based car drivers. We need more policemen on the roads and harder punishment for riding and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. For SMC, it is obvious that all the road safety work must include valid driving license as a priority to reach Vision Zero.”

pdf Read the report - Extreme Behaviour 3.0 (725.6 KB)



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