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Potholes top 2 million

Steve Farrell, 31 March 2011 10:58

The number of potholes on UK roads reached a record level of over two million during 2010, according to a survey.Data collected from local authorities and highway departments show 2.2million potholes were filled last year, up 59% on the year before.Most authorities in England and Wales were unable to fixe potholes left after the prolonged freeze of early 2010 before ...

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Pothole funding doubled

Steve Farrell, 25 March 2011 17:39

Funding to repair potholes has been double in the Budget. The Government will spend an extra £100million on filling potholes in England, Scotland and Wales. It’s on top of a £100million ‘exceptional payment’ announced last month for road repairs following severe winter weather. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said: “Potholes are a menace to all road users and I want councils ...

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Census asks about cars and vans but not bikes

Steve Farrell, 18 March 2011 12:15

The 2011 Census has been slammed for ignoring motorcycles.One question asks households how many cars or vans they have but makes no mention of bikes.It says: ‘In total, how many cars or vans are owned, or available for use, by members of this household?’ A Census spokesman said: “After thorough consultation with users, namely the Department for Transport, including motorcycles ...

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Can you find a bigger pothole than this?

Steve Farrell, 18 March 2011 12:08

This shocking pothole is the latest to be exposed in MCN’s search for Britain’s worst.It measures five feet by two and is over sixe inches deep. Located on a well-used 60mph road, it could prove deadly to an unsuspecting motorcyclist.MCN reader Alex Witham, 20, was thrown out of the seat of his Suzuki SV650 after hitting the hole at just ...

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Petrol thieves target bikes

Steve Farrell, 18 March 2011 11:55

Soaring fuel prices are leading thieves to steal petrol from motorcycles, it was warned last week.Fuel thieves who would normally target vehicles with larger tanks are increasingly viewing motorcycles as easier targets.An AA spokesman said: “What motorcyclists are facing are the toe-rags who have tried on cars and got petrol all over themselves and decided motorcycles are an easier hit.” ...

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Insurers should pay police to tackle fraud, say MPs

Steve Farrell, 11 March 2011 10:26

Insurers should pay for a dedicated police unit to tackle a rise in fraudulent claims, according an influential group of MPs.Fraud is a key factor behind soaring premiums and could lead to deaths in deliberately staged accidents, according to the Transport Select Committee.Committee Chair Louise Ellman said: “The police made plain to the committee that ‘staged accidents’ are on the ...

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Bid for more bikers in Mid Wales

Steve Farrell, 01 February 2011 16:15

An academic has been awarded a £5000 grant to investigate ways of attracting more motorcyclists to Mid Wales. Dr Carl Cater, a lecturer in tourism qualifications at Aberystwyth University, will study the economic impact of motorcycle tourism on Ceredigion. He has been granted the first Tourism Society Wales Professional Development Award for a year-long study which could result in a ...

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One in five stolen vehicles is a bike

Steve Farrell, 25 January 2011 14:34

Motorcycles account for more than one in five stolen vehicles despite making up only about 1% of vehicles on the road, according to new figures. While the number of motorcycles stolen every year has fallen, the figure for cars has dropped much faster.   The result is that bikes have gone from representing 16.8% of all vehicles stolen in 2006 to ...

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Can you find a bigger pothole than this?

Steve Farrell, 20 January 2011 09:54

This is the latest pothole to be nominated in MCN’s search for the country’s worst, after it left an MCN reader’s bike badly damaged. The crater, on Fendrod Way, Llansamlet, Swansea is a foot wide and several inches deep. Lee Rogers, 33, a DVLA civil servant from Swansea, said: “How I managed to stay on I don’t know. It was ...

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Controversial loan companies target bikers

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2010 12:49

Second-hand buyers are more at risk of having their bikes seized over outstanding finance thanks to an explosion in a controversial lending practice. The number of so-called log book loans secured on vehicles has increased dramatically in the recession because they are offered without credit checks and allow quick access to cash.  But vehicle history checks may not reveal the ...

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