Motor cyclist deaths a concern

Engineers have called on the Road Safety Authority to launch a national campaign targeting motorcyclists, amid rising fatalities on Irish roads.

The Ireland Munster Centre of the Society of Operations Engineers and Institute of Road Transport Engineers has issued its warning as the death toll for motorcyclists has risen to 15 this year, compared to 23 for all of 2014 and 27 the year before that.

“A sustained national road safety campaign specifically targeting motorcyclists is absolutely necessary to alert those involved regarding the dangers of speed and the nature of unlit rural secondary roads,” said Munster Centre PRO Donal Buckley.

“The number involved in serious road accidents will continue to rise, until action is taken to reverse these shocking statistics.

“Motorcycles should always be driven with dipped headlights on at all times. They should also be subjected to have a logbook with an up-to-date service history and an NCT type of inspection of their machine,” he said.

The campaign is one of a number of suggestions the Ireland Munster Centre has brought forward, including mandatory driving lessons for those disqualified for amassing 12 penalty points.

The centre also suggested offenders should be required to attend a safe driving counselling course dealing specifically with the consequences of excessive speed for both the driver and other road users, with the cost of the course covered by the offending motorists.

Mr Buckley said the group was also concerned about the practice whereby motorists put their vehicles through a test to establish the minimum repairs required to achieve a new NCT cert.

“Owners presenting their vehicles for the NCT test should have, in their possession, documentation certifying that the vehicle was serviced and repairs carried out if necessary by a garage, in advance of an NCT test,” said Mr Buckley.

The group has also reiterated its concerns surrounding the sale of second-hand tyres to motorists.

“They may be a major safety risk for unsuspecting vehicle owners,” he said.

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