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Suzi Perry in bubble wrap for bike safety

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2012 10:17

Suzi Perry and James Toseland dressed in bubble wrap to back a campaign to make every driving test include a question on motorcycles. Presenter Perry and retired racer Toseland were also highlighting April 5 as the most dangerous day of spring for motorcyclists, according to Bennetts insurance. They posed alongside TalkSport presenter Darren Gough at Elephant and Castle in south ...

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The best and worst TV ads featuring motorcycles

Steve Farrell, 04 April 2012 09:40

Worst Chanel with Keira Knightley Zovirax ‘The Day You Went to Work’ Ewan McGregor Davidoff Ewan McGregor Rimmel, Kate Moss Kawasaki 100 Walkers Crisps New Think Bike ads McDonald’s drive-thru Bovril Best Think Once, think twice, think bike Black Visa Honda Impossible Dream Allstate Insurance Road Rash Bajaj Pulsar

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Insurer offers free security marking kits to all customers

Steve Farrell, 09 March 2012 17:30

Bike insurer Carole Nash is to offer free security marking kits with all policies. Every new or renewed policy supplied since March 1 comes with a kit to discreetly mark various motorcycle parts. The marks help police fight theft by making it possible to identify individual components as stolen. It follows a trial of the scheme by Carole Nash last ...

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Speeding fines set to rise to £100

Steve Farrell, 31 January 2012 10:42

Fines for speeding could rise from £60 to £100 under plans announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. The fixed penalty speeding fine could rise by nearly 70% to fund compensation for victims of crime. Those who fight speeding cases in court could pay up to £120 towards the scheme.   The proposals are part of plans to raise an extra £50million ...

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Over 80% of death drivers avoid jail

Steve Farrell, 25 January 2012 13:19

More than four out of five careless drivers who kill walk free from courts, an MCN investigation can reveal. All but 48 of the first 313 people sentenced for the new offence of causing death by careless driving avoided jail. The offence was created to bring more proportionate sentencing for taking a life. It allows offenders to be jailed for ...

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‘Every driving test should include a bike question’

Steve Farrell, 24 January 2012 12:03

An insurance firm is petitioning the Government to make a motorcycle-related question part of every driving test. Bennetts Insurance thinks it could help reduce casualties. At the moment a bike-related question may or may not come up in the driving theory test. The petition says the matter should not be left to chance. It says: ‘With questions currently selected at ...

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Stolen vehicle squad saved

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 17:22

One of the country’s last remaining police stolen vehicle squads has been saved from closure. The Met’s stolen vehicle unit, which has worked to jail organised bike thieves with undercover stings and long-running investigations, had been earmarked for closure in police budget cuts. But the unit is now to remain open, sources have confirmed. Met bosses have told the squad ...

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London’s bikes in bus lanes scheme made permanent

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2011 12:48

Motorcyclists have been granted permanent access to bus lanes in London, the capital’s transport authority announced today. The decision follows a three-year trial of the measure which has helped smooth traffic flow, cut emissions and reduce journey times according to Transport for London (TfL). Cycle collisions also fell significantly by 11.6% in the latter 18months of the trial compared to ...

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Police recover nine stolen bikes after owner complains of inaction

Steve Farrell, 13 December 2011 15:46

Police followed a tracking device to a haul of nine stolen motorcycles – but only after a newspaper exposed their inaction over the case. When Sam Jackson’s Yamaha R6 was stolen, he knew what street it had been moved to thanks to the signal from its onboard tracker. But he says police told him to get it himself because they ...

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Find anti-tampering proposals confusing? Don’t ask the Chair of the committee behind them

Steve Farrell, 12 December 2011 10:09

The Chair of European Parliament’s lead committee on anti-tampering proposals did not know who they applied to when questioned by MCN. Malcolm Harbour, Chairman of European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, did not know whether the proposals were to prevent performance modifications to all motorcycles or only those used by riders with power restrictions on their licences. The ...

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