A new card to help motorcyclists who are involved in accidents to get the aid they need was launched yesterday by the East of England Ambulance Service.

The card was launched at an official event in the grounds and courtyard of Knebworth House, with support from Hertfordshire County Council's casualty reduction unit, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Paramedic Ian Burrell, chairman of the Ambulance Motorcycle Club, said: “This card is borne out of experience – it has been designed by serving paramedics who have been on both sides of an accident as the injured rider or attending as medical help.

“If a biker is injured and unable to talk coherently because of concussion or having been knocked out, how does the ambulance crew find out who the patient is, what medication they take, or medical history? What information does the 999 call centre need?”

On the card is space for the rider's name, date of birth and medication.

When an ambulance crew arrives at the scene of an accident they can identify if the rider has a card in their helmet by a small green dot placed at the side of the visor.