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Road safety meeting after worrying motorbike deaths

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Transport minister Yiannis Karousos and Justice Minister Emily Yiolitis attended an urgent meeting on road safety on Wednesday after six motorcyclists died in accidents this year.

At the meeting, it was stated that motorcyclists are 14 times more likely to be involved in traffic accidents.

Karousos and Yiolitis said that they have been in contact with various motorcycle groups, hearing their views on how to reduce the high number of deaths.

As part of their consultations, safety advice on how to avoid collisions with motorcyclists will be added to the process while obtaining a driver’s licence.

Additionally, a proposal was made for a full driver’s licence to be required to operate a motorcycle – as currently a learner’s licence is sufficient to drive one for work purposes.

Yiolitis also said that vehicle inspections will be increased.

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