British Horse Society want roads safer in the UK
The BHS responds to A Safer Way
The British Horse Society has responded to the Department for Transport (DfT) consultation A Safer Way, calling for improved recording of accident statistics, improved provision of rights of way, lower speed limits and the protection of vulnerable road users. The consultation seeks views on the vision, targets and measures for improving road safety in Great Britain beyond 2010.
In his consultation response, BHS Director of Access Safety and Welfare, Mark Weston, said: “It is incomprehensible how a consultation document into making Britain’s roads the safest in the world can fail to make any reference at all to horse riders and carriage drivers, who are legal users of the road network. Over the last 10 years there has been an increase of two million in the number of people who now ride. To ignore this fact and to fail to consider the needs of equestrians on our roads over the next 20 years is something that must be corrected immediately.”
The BHS is concerned by the under-recording of accident statistics that involve equestrians, and deplores the fact that the Stats 19/National Reporting Injury Road Accident Data Collection System does not require recording of accidents where injuries or death are caused to a ridden or driven horse if the rider or carriage driver suffers no injury that is apparent at the scene, even if injuries in the human later become apparent.
Currently country roads are 60mph, but motorists often drive faster than that. In the countryside they drive outside stables, ignoring the SLOW signs. Motorists have crashed into horses and riders on many occasions, but barely a mention in the mainstream media.