Dozens of motorcyclists lives could be saved every year if airbag jackets were made compulsory, accident and emergency doctors have said.
The jackets are the equivalent of car airbags and inflate if the rider is thrown off during a motorcycle accident.
In one version, the jacket is attached to the bike by a lead which detaches when the rider has come off suddenly.
The Department of Transport said it had no plans for a new law but said it welcomed anything to improve safety.
Although motorcyclists make up just 1% of road users, they account for 20% of fatalities. Figures for 2007 show that 561 bikers died on the roads in bike accidents.
Andy Parfitt, an A&E doctor at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, said: “There is a shocking number of deaths of motorcyclists on the roads. I think dozens of lives could be saved if these jackets were made compulsory”.
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