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Riders gather for MCN EU protest

Steve Farrell, 22 November 2011 09:15

Riders have started gathering at ports en route to Brussels take part in MCN’s protest over stifling EU measures for bikes. Protesters are due to meet near the European Commission headquarters before riding to European Parliament, where MEPs had been invited to come out and hear concerns over anti-tampering proposals. Yesterday, UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen, who proposed the action, sent ...

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‘Every rider should join MCN Brussels protest’

Steve Farrell, 17 November 2011 12:38

Riders’ rights groups have urged motorcyclists to join MCN’s Brussels protest ride as the day of the action approaches. We’re asking readers to meet us next Tuesday in Brussels, where we’re staging a protest ride to European Parliament over EU measures to stop us modifying bikes. The BMF’s Chris Hodder said: “Modifying vehicles, which anti-tampering proposals are designed to prevent, ...

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Help highlight potholes

Steve Farrell, 15 November 2011 13:37

A new BBC consumer affairs programme wants to hear about hazardous unfilled potholes. Programme makers are looking for examples to film this week for a pilot series to be broadcast on Wednesday evenings on BBC 1 from later this month. They also want to hear about confusing road signs and seemingly pointless long-term roadworks for future episodes of the show, ...

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Second MP backs MCN Brussels protest ride

Steve Farrell, 10 November 2011 14:01

An MP has given a major boost to MCN’s planned Brussels protest over stifling EU measures by promising to join the ride. Steve Weatherley, Tory MP for Brighton and Hove, will join MCN readers taking part in the November 22 ride to European Parliament. Weatherley is the latest MP to back our campaign against EU measures to make bikes impossible ...

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MP backs MCN Brussels protest

Steve Farrell, 01 November 2011 12:13

MP Steve Baker has expressed support for MCN’s planned Brussels protest ride over stifling EU measures for new bikes.  The Tory MP for Wycombe threw his weight behind the campaign before becoming the new Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling. He said: “I am delighted that Motor Cycle News is taking the protest against anti-tampering measures to Brussels. ...

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Deaths and casualties rise at speed camera sites

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 17:08

Deaths and casualties have risen at scores of speed camera sites across the country.  Cameras that have led to a rise in accidents have been laid bare under government requirements to publish casualty data. In Kent, one site has seen deaths and serious injuries quadruple from one in three years before the camera to four in three years after. Another ...

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Send us your pictures from MAG demos

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 16:52

MCN wants your pictures and stories from this weekend’s demonstrations over anti-tampering measures. Over 100 co-ordinated protest rides are set to take place on motorways this Sunday over restrictive regulations from Europe. Tuning could become impossible and even home servicing severely hampered under plans to equip new bikes with so-called (OBD) systems and ABS. The protests have been organised by ...

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Motorcycle insurer to offer free security ID marks

Steve Farrell, 23 September 2011 11:47

A bike insurer is due to offer customers free security ID marks in a victory for MCN. MCN’s Mark Our Bikes campaign has called on motorcycle makers and insurers to offer the marking systems for free to help cut theft. Now a scheme by a major bike insurer is due to be launched within weeks.  Details have yet to be ...

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Possible reprieve for stolen vehicle squad

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 17:30

One of the last police stolen vehicle squads in the country could be saved after MCN revealed plans for its closure. A source said the decision to withdraw funding for the squad from next April was being re-examined after we helped highlight the importance of its work tackling organised bike thieves. He said: “The official line is that it’s still ...

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Morrisons: Bikers in helmets assault us

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 14:28

Motorcyclists wearing helmets have assaulted petrol station staff, according to Morrisons. The statement was made in the retailer’s latest justification for demanding riders remove helmets before filling up with fuel. MCN revealed the store’s customer services department had said in an email that petrol fumes could get inside helmets and cause the wearer to pass out – a claim branded ...

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