THE 'ADVENT OF THE MOTORCYCLE'. 1-JAPAN: AN EXAMPLE WORTH FOLLOWING. 2-AND ELSEWHERE: IN THE NETHERLANDS

THE EFFECTS OF THE INCREASED USE OF MOTORCYCLES IN JAPAN AND THE NETHERLANDS ARE DISCUSSED. THE LARGE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN 1970 AND 1971, IN JAPAN IS ATTRIBUTED TO INADEQUATE RIDING EDUCATION. A TABLE OF MOTORCYCLE CASUALTIES, IN A TYPICAL AREA IN JAPAN, INDICATES THAT 80% OF THESE CASUALTIES ARE IN THE 16-19 AGE GROUP AND UP TO 68% OF FATAL ACCIDENTS INCLUDE HEAD INJURIES. MORE ACCIDENTS OCCUR WITH LARGE ENGINE CAPACITY MOTORCYCLES THAN WITH SMALL ONES. THREE MEASURES SUGGESTED TO PREVENT MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS ARE:- THE REVISION OF THE MOTORCYCLE LICENCE EXAMINATION SYSTEM; WEARING OF SAFETY HELMETS; AND THE PROMOTION OF SAFETY RIDING EDUCATION ACTIVITIES FOR MOTORCYCLISTS. A DECREASE OF 18.3% IN THE NUMBER OF FATAL CASUALTIES, FROM MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED IN 1972. EDUCATION ACTIVITIES CONTRIBUTED TO THIS DECREASE. STATISTICS FOR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS IN HOLLAND ARE GIVEN. THEY INDICATE AN INCREASE IN FATAL AND CASUALITY ACCIDENTS IN 1971 COMPARED WITH 1970. IN 1971, 46.9% OF THE AUTOCYCLISTS KILLED IN ACCIDENTS WERE UNDER AGE 25. 80% OF FATALITIES HAD HEAD INJURIES. A CAMPAIGN ON WEARING CRASH- HELMETS HAS STARTED.

  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Accession Number: 00083387
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM