British holidaymakers are putting themselves at risk by hiring mopeds and quad bikes says ABTA
ABTA - The Travel Association - is strongly advising holidaymakers and other travellers to think twice before hiring mopeds whilst overseas, and to only ride quad bikes as part of an organised off-road excursion.
ABTA Members reported to the Association 50 serious quad bike accidents – including three fatalities – and 18 moped accidents in 2018.
ABTA explains that quad bikes have become increasingly popular in destinations such as Greece, Cyprus, Cape Verde and Turkey. It also says that hiring mopeds is a common activity for British travellers visiting countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Nikki White, ABTA Director of Destinations and Sustainability says, “Every year people suffer serious injuries or worse after hiring mopeds or quad bikes while on holiday. The freedom they offer can be very tempting but often riders have very little experience, and this is made even more dangerous by their lack of knowledge of local driving laws and customs and poor-quality roads.
“ABTA’s advice is to avoid hiring mopeds and only ride a quad bike if part of a properly supervised excursion. There are always alternatives such as hiring a car, taking a taxi or using public transport.”