IAM calls for ABS in bikes by 2015

A leading safety charity is backing calls to make it mandatory for all large motorcycles to be equipped with anti-lock braking system (ABS) by 2015.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said it wants to see the safety technology rolled out across all bikes over 125cc made in Europe two years earlier than proposed, under legislation which will soon be debated by European MPs.

It joins the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in seeking introduction of ABS - which the organisations say could potentially save hundreds of lives every year - by 2015 instead of 2017.

ABS technology is expected to help cut down accidents caused by sudden braking or slippery roads, which are among the top 10 factors in motorcycle crashes.

Motorcycle riders accounted for more than a fifth of road deaths last year, with 403 of them involved in fatal accidents, figures show.

The IAM believes around 1,500 fatalities can be avoided across Europe every year with ABS installed in motorbikes.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "ABS is available now on many new bikes and the evidence is clear from across Europe that it is delivering fewer deaths. Carefully crafted legislation making ABS mandatory for all large road motorcycles would make motorcyclists safer."

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