British tourists are warned against hiring mopeds and quad bikes while abroad after spate of road deaths and accidents in last two years
- The Association of British TRAVEL COMPANIES said 36 quad-bike accidents and seven moped accidents have been reported this past year by its members
- It also said seven people have been injured in quad-bike accidents up to now this year
- It is warning people against hiring the vehicles abroad following the spate of deaths
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British tourists have already been warned to believe twice against hiring mopeds and quad bikes abroad following a spate of deaths serious injuries
The Association of British TRAVEL COMPANIES (Abta) said 36 quad-bike accidents and seven moped accidents have been reported year last.
It also said seven people have been injured in quad-bike accidents up to now this season and suspects the figure could possibly be much higher as much accidents go unreported.
The Association of British TRAVEL COMPANIES (Abta) said 36 quad-bike accidents and seven moped accidents have been reported this past year by its members
Nikki White, Abta’s director of destinations and sustainability, said: ‘Every year people suffer serious injuries after hiring mopeds or quad bikes while on christmas. Many have little connection with using these vehicles and so are unfamiliar with the neighborhood roads and driving standards also.
‘It’s very easy if you are relaxing on christmas to accomplish things you wouldn’t imagine doing back; nevertheless, you are putting yourself vulnerable to serious injury if you hire these vehicles, and in addition, many travel cover policies won’t cover such activities.’
Kieran Roche, 19, from Swindon, month died in a quad-biking accident on the Greek island of Crete last.
Two British women were seriously injured in a quad-bike crash on the island of Zante.
And on a single island last month, Natasha Stevens, 17, from Lancashire, suffered severe injuries in another quad-bike accident.
Abta is warning people against hiring the vehicles abroad following the spate of deaths
A YouGov survey of 2,000 people completed for Abta found one in 10 British holidaymakers who was simply overseas within the last 12 months had hired a quad bike or moped. This compatible 4.5 million people.
This equated to 1 in seven on the list of 18 to 24 generation.
Abta said quad bikes had become ever more popular, in places such as for example Greece particularly, Cape Turkey and Verde,
It said hiring mopeds was common amongst British travellers in countries such as for example Thailand and Vietnam however the vehicles offer little protection within an accident.
Abta also said people who have limited experience on mopeds should think before hiring them overseas and that tourists should only ride quad bikes if they’re part of an adequately supervised off-road excursion.
It said accidents could leave holidaymakers with unaffordable medical bills, because many standard travel cover policies usually do not cover accidents involving quad bikes.
Hiring an automobile, going for a taxi or using public transport are safer alternatives, it said.
British traveller, Melanie Simmonds, 32 suffered serious injuries, carrying out a quad bike accident whilst on christmas in Greece this year 2010.
She recovered after 14 months carrying out a group of operations.
Mrs Simmonds has warned others concerning the dangers of quad bikes.
She said: ‘The reason that people hired the quad bike was to save lots of money on taxis. One snap decision transformed my entire life. The utilization could has been lost by me of my legs or worse, my life. My advice to holidaymakers is remember that quad bikes are dangerous and heavy. They’re difficult to regulate rather than very safe to utilize on roads.
‘One big thing that I’ve also learnt is that you need to know very well what your insurance covers you for ALWAYS. As it proved I wasn’t covered for was quad bikes because I never likely to be using one. Value your daily life as well as your safety because accidents can occur to anyone as well as your life can transform immediately.’