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Compensation victory in landmark case

Tom Rayner, 25 April 2007 00:30

Thousands of bikers could now be awarded compensation in accidents caused by reckless pedestrians. A landmark legal case has set a precedent for all bikers injured when a pedestrian’s recklessness is deemed criminal. This news means justice for all bikers injured in accidents with a pedestrian through no fault of their own. MCN’s legal columnist Andrew Campbell from Withy King ...

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Detour outrage

Tom Rayner, 24 April 2007 08:58

Thousands of motorists were left fuming last week when a 20-mile diversion brought them right back round to where they started. The detour was set up by contractor Amey as part of a £25million improvement to the M8 near Glasgow airport. Amey has launched an inquiry to discover why road users were sent on a 30-minute loop.

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Super breathalyser on the way

Tom Rayner, 24 April 2007 08:52

A new road-side breathalyser that provides results accurate enough to convict drink-drivers is set to be introduced next year. The Home Office is currently looking for a company to produce the breath tester which is accurate enough to act as evidence, unlike the devices currently in use which are only suitable for screening purposes.

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90 killed or seriously injured on roads each day

Tom Rayner, 24 April 2007 08:45

A report released this week revealed that 90 people are killed or seriously injured each day on UK roads. The report from road safety campaigners Brake also showed that 30 of the deaths are victim aged 25 or under. Brake is calling for the government to take action to reduce the figure, including introducing road safety as part of the national curriculum ...

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New bike test trial

Tom Rayner, 23 April 2007 18:14

The Motorcycle Rider Trainers Association is giving the public a first opportunity to get a feel of the new motorcycle test on July 1 at their annual events day. Held in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency, the MRTA are setting out a test circuit including some of the new test features including swerve and stop, slaloms and slow riding.

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New BMW Sportenduro

Tom Rayner, 20 April 2007 09:49

BMW has officially unveiled its Sportenduro 450 and has confirmed it will be racing it in Spain at Puerto Lumbreras next weekend, April 28-29. This 450cc single-cylinder off road race bike broke cover two months ago, however, at the time BMW was still keeping its project covert. Now the Sportenduro will be running in full BMW livery and in the ...

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Legal eagles raise spinal cash

Tom Rayner, 19 April 2007 16:19

Cash raised by specialist bike law firm Fletchers Solicitors (also known as Bike Legal) has enabled Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Regional Spinal Injuries Centre to help with the rehabilitation of serious spinal injuries. The donation will aid in the rehabilitation of people, many of them bikers, who suffer serious spinal injuries. Centre director Pradit Sett said: “We are ...

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MCN needs your help

Tom Rayner, 18 April 2007 15:05

Have you had trouble booking ferry crossings just because you’re a biker? Has a ferry company ever refused to take your booking because you’re travelling on a bike? Have you ever had your bike damaged during a ferry crossing? If you have, we’d like to hear your tales. Tell us what happened. Just send us a brief outline of your ...

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Brough Superior up for sale

Tom Rayner, 18 April 2007 14:39

The most famous name in motorcycling history is being sold-off at auction next month. Alec Card, 80, has decided to sell the Brough Superior name off to the highest bidder on May 5 as part of the Legend of the Motorcycle auction in California.Card told MCN: “I’m getting too old to be dealing with it now, so I though it ...

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Bike-friendly bull bars

Tom Rayner, 18 April 2007 14:21

4x4s are being fitted with bike friendly bull bars made from a shock absorbent plastic material. From May the sale and fitment of metal bull bars will be made illegal by the Department for Transport, anybody flouting the law could face a 12-month prison sentence and a £20,000 fine. In response Endura plastic mouldings has created an energy-absorbing plastic alternative ...

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