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75% of schoolchildren's motorbikes failed spots checks

63 of 84 motorbikes inspected had failed aspects of the spot checks. Credit: Frank May/DPA/PA Images

75% of motorbikes checked at secondary schools across Guernsey have been deemed unroadworthy.

63 of 84 motorbikes inspected failed aspects of the spot checks. 18 of these motorbikes were in such a bad condition they have been taken off the roads.

To have nearly a quarter of the bikes inspected condemned is a damning statistic. This means those bikes were in such a state there was a high chance of a catastrophic failure occurring – with all the potential for a very, very serious injury resulting.

This is not something we can leave alone, and will be rolling out a programme of spot checks across the island’s secondary schools to educate all riders on the need to maintain their machines.

Let me be clear: if your bike is too dangerous to ride, we will be taking it from you – no ifs, buts or maybes.

– Mark Brockway, Traffic and Highway Services Road Safety Officer

The Road Safety Officer also asked parents to keep an eye out.

We ask parents of those with scooters or motorbikes to regularly check them, and make sure you child knows they have a responsibility not just to ride safely on the road, but to make sure what they’re riding is safe to be there in the first place.

– Mark Brockway, Traffic and Highway Services Road Safety Officer

The inspections were carried out during Road Safety Week. Officers also delivered lessons to 700 children about the importance of road safety.