With the 2023 motorcycle season upon us, ensuring your bike is in optimal condition is key to enjoying your time out on the road.
Everyone has a responsibility to ensure their motorcycles are in the best possible condition before traveling and this will help to reduce the risk of collisions on our roads.
Police Scotland launched the following videos ahead of the motorcycle campaign.
Vehicle checks –
Advice for car drivers –
Advice for motorcyclists –
Being fit to ride is also crucial in helping to reduce collision risk. It is imperative that you ride within your skill set and do not take unnecessary risks while riding. If you feel you need further training, Rider Refinement North, which is led by Police Scotland, is holding a number of training courses between April and October 2023, more details can be found here:
Reducing the risks of motorcycle collisions helps us work toward Vision Zero, where no one is killed on seriously injured on Scotland’s roads by 2050. Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2030 introduces a number of mode-specific targets to focus our efforts on reducing casualties, including a 30% reduction in motorcyclists killed or seriously-injured.
In 2021, motorcycles represented only 0.6% of traffic on Scotland’s roads but 9% of the total number of reported casualties. The number of motorcycle casualties was 445, which included 30 fatalities – almost double the number in 2020.
The total number of casualties and fatalities for the 2021/22 fiscal year, which is the statistics that Police Scotland use, was 455 and 27 respectively.
Road Safety Scotland
With motorcycle casualties and fatalities on the rise, Road Safety Scotland, in partnership with Police Scotland, has re-launched its Live Fast Die Old campaign.
Road Safety Scotland works with road safety partners throughout the year to support motorcycle campaign activity and further helpful information on riding safely can be found here: Motorcyclists – Road Safety Scotland