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Insurance error fixed

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 12:27

An error by insurance companies which stopped Suzuki GSX-R1000 owners getting factually correct policies is to be rectified after we highlighted it. MCN revealed how insurers and comparison websites insist the bike is 998cc when in fact it is either 988cc or 999cc depending on year of manufacture. Riders who give the correct capacity are charged more for having a ...

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22 cameras switched off

Steve Farrell, 02 September 2011 11:36

Twenty-two London speed cameras cannot be used for enforcement because they are missing road markings needed to secure convictions. Transport for London (TfL) finally released the figure six weeks after being asked for it. MCN revealed how many camera sites in the capital are not in use because they are missing road markings or their lenses have become obscured by ...

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Columnist’s second call for motorcycle ban

Steve Farrell, 28 June 2011 12:00

A newspaper columnist has written his second article calling for motorcycles to be banned. Hugh Curran appears to relish having angered motorcyclists with the first column, which said they should be banned on safety grounds. His follow-up says: ‘Motorcyclists were unconvinced and angry. They were angry across the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Australia.’ The motoring columnist for US daily newspaper ...

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Campaign for Isle of Wight TT

Steve Farrell, 24 June 2011 16:40

A Facebook campaign for an Isle of Wight TT has gained over 1000 supporters in days. The page says: ‘The Isle of Wight is able to accommodate a music festival of 90,000 people, so why not start a road race? …It’s time to let the world of road racers experience a piece of the sunny south. Support is what we need!!’ ...

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Road safety charity: ‘Don’t buy your kids motorbikes’

Steve Farrell, 23 June 2011 11:28

Parents who buy motorcycles for their children are irresponsible, according to an influential road safety charity. Junior motorcycles are "inappropriate for children" and getting your child one is "hardly responsible", the high-profile charity Brake declared in a national newspaper. The comments have been criticised as ignorant by major motorcycle manufacturers. Julie Townsend, Brake’s campaigns director, told the Daily Mirror: "Junior ...

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Drivers urged to look for bikers at junctions

Steve Farrell, 17 June 2011 00:30

Drivers will be urged to look out for motorcyclists at junctions in a Government bid to cut casualties. Road Safety Minister Mike Penning has today launched a new campaign aimed at getting drivers to think more about riders. The message will be pushed through advertisements at petrol forecourts and on national radio. The Department for Transport (DfT) says action is ...

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BBC labels biking more dangerous than hang-gliding

Steve Farrell, 06 May 2011 11:04

A quiz on the BBC's website appears to suggest motorcycling is twice as dangerous as hang-gliding and more than three times as risky as scuba diving. But the figures have been arrived at by comparing a single occasion of those activities to the equivalent of eight motorcycle journeys. The risk of motorcycling has also been exaggerated by using old accident ...

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Riders told ‘Park for free’ then fined

Steve Farrell, 01 April 2011 11:55

Traffic wardens have been telling motorcyclist they can park for free in pay-and-display spaces, then coming back later to issue a penalty.Riders are told there is no need for them to buy a ticket, but any who take the advice risk a £50 fine and appeals can be rejected.MCN reader Mark Woolley, 24, asked three different traffic wardens and was ...

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Bike tax up

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2011 11:23

Motorcycle road tax for bikes over 600cc has increased by nearly 6% in the Budget.  The rate for over-600s has gone from £70 to £74. It’s the second rise since March 2010, when the price was £66. Tax for bikes between 401cc and 600cc has also gone up, from £50 to £53. Bikes from 151cc to 400cc now cost £35 ...

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Banned from bus lanes despite fall in crash rate

Steve Farrell, 01 February 2011 15:24

Transport planners decided to scrap a trial of motorcyclists in bus lanes despite concluding it led to a fall in their collision rate. Motorcycles are blamed for a rise in pedal bike collisions - even though there haven't actually been any crashes between motorbikes and cycles. MCN revealed last month how Ealing Borough Council had decided to scrap its trial ...

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