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School tells 17-year-old: Stop riding in or we’ll expel you

Steve Farrell, 27 April 2012 10:39

A school has threatened to expel a 17-year-old if he carries on travelling in by motorcycle. Jack Deeley has twice been sent home from school for arriving on his Aprilia RS125. The Windsor High School and Sixth Form College says students are not allowed to travel by ‘motorised vehicle of any kind’ but Jack says other students park cars outside ...

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New bike tax rates

Steve Farrell, 23 March 2012 16:46

Motorcycle road tax has increased by as much as 3.7% in the Budget. The rate has risen for all motorcycles except those up to 150cc. A year’s tax for bikes over 600cc will cost £76 instead of £74. Machines from 151cc to 400cc will be £36 a year, up from £35. Riders of bikes from 401cc to 600cc will see ...

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Farmer cleared over trail rider’s death on his land

Steve Farrell, 02 March 2012 13:21

A farmer who chased trail riders in a Land Rover which crushed one of them to death has been cleared of manslaughter. Timothy Wolfe, 63, pursued five riders who had accidentally strayed from green lanes onto his property in October 2010. As the group, on road-legal KTM’s, turned on to a narrow track to escape, the car collided with the ...

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'Think Bike' campaign launched

Steve Farrell, 02 March 2012 09:43

A £1.2million campaign to get drivers to look out for motorcyclists has been launched by the Government. TV adverts will show riders with neon signs attached to their bikes flashing messages such as 'new dad' or 'shy retiring type'. It's hoped it will lead drivers to see riders as individuals after research showed they were more likley to notice motorcyclists if ...

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Second major dealer closes in weeks

Steve Farrell, 23 February 2012 11:31

A second major bike dealer has closed weeks after the country’s biggest went into administration. V&J Superbikes unexpectedly closed its two branches in Taunton and Bridgewater, Somerset, on February 17. A sign on the Bridgewater branch said the closure would last five days but both branches have remained shut. Other dealers in the area said worried customers had been arriving at ...

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IAM's 'unfair' claims over bike safety

Steve Farrell, 06 February 2012 09:27

The Institute of Advanced Motorists has been accused of unfairly focussing on motorcyclists with claims of rising casualties. An IAM release states that 18 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured a day from July to September 2011, up 2% on the year before. The release says motorcycle casualties remained 'stagnant' compared to figures for cars and calls on police and ...

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How thousands of motorcyclists could be unwittingly uninsured

Steve Farrell, 30 January 2012 11:29

Thousands of motorcyclists could be unwittingly riding without insurance because of confusion over what constitutes a full licence. Many riders tell their insurance company they have had a full licence since the date they passed their standard motorcycle test. But the insurance ombudsman has concluded they are wrong, and a full licence is only obtained when the 33bhp power restriction ...

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Deposits on bikes in doubt after George White folds

Steve Farrell, 26 January 2012 15:17

Britain’s biggest motorcycle dealer could default on dozens of deposits placed on new bikes after going into administration. A source at a major bike manufacturer warned George White Motors was unlikely to complete outstanding orders after the chain’s six branches unexpectedly closed last Thursday. The chain had branches in Swindon, Plymouth, Torbay, Bolton, Donington and Slough, selling bikes from Honda, ...

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Hi-vis gear compulsory in France from next year

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2012 09:03

Motorcyclists in France face compulsory high visibility clothing from next year. The French government is pushing ahead with plans for compulsory hi-vis riding gear despite protests. From January 1 2013, riders of bikes over 125cc will have to wear a reflective item of clothing under the French version of the Highway Code. The reflective area must be on the upper ...

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Cycle group: Don’t let motorcycles in more bus lanes

Steve Farrell, 22 December 2011 16:52

A cycle group says local authorities should not copy London’s scheme of allowing motorcycles in bus lanes. The London Cycling Campaign says the trial should “act as a warning to other authorities” even though it has been deemed successful enough for the measure to be introduced permanently in the capital. The group claims the scheme has delivered no safety benefits. ...

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