Motorcycle deaths rise in 2017

The number of motorcyclists killed on roads across Great Britain rose by 9% in 2017 – new Government statistics show.

The DfT figures, published on 27 September, show that 349 riders were killed in 2017 – up from 319 in 2016.

The rise in motorcycle fatalities from 2016 to 2017 was the largest in terms of the different road user groups.

Overall, the total number of motorcyclist casualties decreased by 7% to 18,042 in 2017 – while motorcycle traffic remained constant at 2.8 billion vehicle miles in 2017.

In terms of gender, 91% of the 18,042 casualties were male riders – while 30% were riders aged between 17-24 years.

47% of casualties occured in London and the South East.

The DfT says that motorcyclist fatalities have fluctuated (between 319 and 365) in the period between 2011 and 2017 with ‘no clear trend’.


27 September 2018