An increase in motorcycle deaths over the festive season in the Western Cape may in future see bike riders banned from overtaking between cars or straddling traffic lanes.
Road death statistics for the holidays were released on Sunday at a press conference attended by transport and public works MEC Robin Carlisle, community safety MEC Dan Plato and provincial traffic chief Kenny Africa.
According to Carlisle, 236 people were killed on the province’s roads during the festive season compared to 257 in December 2011/January 2012. This represented an eight percent decline.
The figures showed that pedestrian deaths had gone down by 13 percent, from 843 to 586, over the past four years while deaths from motorcycle crashes increased by 33 percent, from 63 in 2008 to 84 in 2012.
Carlisle said he was contemplating introducing a regulation that would require motorcyclists to “think of yourself as a car” - they would not be allowed to overtake between cars or to drive between traffic lanes.