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Complainant Name:
Mr Neil Bertram

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: News of the World


Mr Neil Bertram complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article's presentation of the number of motorcycle accidents in the UK was misleading. He said that the newspaper could not justifiably extrapolate from the results of a survey of 1000 motorcyclists to create a national figure for daily accidents.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter, which appeared in the newspaper and as the first comment accompanying the online article for a period of two weeks. At the end of this period, both the article and the comment were removed.

Your story "Hell on wheels" (4 July) reported that motorbikes have 6000 accidents a day. You seem to have reached this figure by taking the results of a survey of just 0.07% of UK motorcyclists - 13% of whom said that they were involved in accidents - and applying this percentage to all of the 1.4 million motorcyclists in the country. I do not think that this is a fair reflection of the actual number of motorcycling accidents, particularly as the latest official Department for Transport statistics record 18,881 accidents, which works out as 52 accidents per day.

Neil Bertram, Portsmouth

Date Published: 20/09/2010

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