The British Horse Society is urging all riders to contact your MP to ensure the safety needs of equestrians are not forgotten in Monday’s parliamentary Road Safety Debate. Find your local MP contact details here.
On 19th October the Department of Transport made an announcement about a new and improved Highway Code to help keep cyclists and pedestrians safe on the roads.
The British Horse Society is disappointed that this opportunity was not used to consider the safety of another group of vulnerable road users, horse riders and carriage drivers.
Since March 2016, according to our statistics, there have been 237 horses and 40 riders killed as a result of a road incident. 899 horses have been injured. 85% of these incidents are because drivers pass too fast or too close to horses.
It is apparent that horses and their riders are quite often forgotten as vulnerable road users when compared with cyclists and pedestrians.
We Need You
Please ask contact your MP and question why the Highway Code review is set to only empower cyclists and pedestrians, whilst ignoring the needs of equestrians.