The British Horse Society has welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Welsh Government’s Draft Road Safety Delivery Plan but is flabbergasted that there is no mention of horse riders or carriage drivers being classed as a vulnerable group.
Mark Weston, Director of Access, Safety and Welfare at the Society, said: “It is incredible that equestrians have not been classed as a vulnerable group. This is especially so when NHS hospital episode statistics for 2010/11 show that there were nearly 4,000 episodes arising from equestrians being injured and needing hospital treatment as a result of an accident on the road with a vehicle.
“It is imperative that equestrians respond to this consultation as the plan sets out the Government’s approach to road safety until 2020.”
Sheila Hardy, Senior Executive (Safety), added: “I would urge all equestrians to respond, especially to question six, stating that equestrians should be considered as a vulnerable group.”
The consultation and how to respond can be found at wales.gov.uk.
Responses to the consultation must be submitted by 13 December 2012.