The British Horse Society (BHS) has complained to the National Audit Office (NAO) after a report on improving road safety for vulnerable users omitted riders.

In the report — Improving road safety for pedestrians and cyclists in Great Britain — the NAO concluded that more could be done to increase safety.

But BHS director of access, safety and welfare Mark Weston described the report as “a wasted opportunity to make recommendations that would improve the safety of all vulnerable road users”.

A spokesman said the NAO had no plans to look into horse riders’ road safety.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (28 May ’09)