The “High Risk Route” warning sign for motorcyclists at the Wairarapa entrance to Rimutaka Hill Rd.
Fewer motorcyclists have been killed on New Zealand roads so far this year than in 2016, the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council (MSAC) says.
According to Ministry of Transport statistics, there have been 20 fatalities between 1 January and 24 July 2017. During the same time period in 2016, 26 people lost their lives. Last year, motorcyclists made up 16% of the overall road toll, but this has dropped markedly to 9% so far this year.
Motorcyclists make up just 3% of the vehicles on the road, but cost ACC almost $90 million in 2016.