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New motorway tax considered

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 11:32

Using motorways would cost more in road tax under plans being considered by the Government. According to newspaper reports, ministers are considering a two-tier system with those who agree not to use trunk roads paying less. The idea is part of review of road funding as the Treasury faces a budget shortfall caused people switching to smaller cars which are ...

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‘Change clocks to cut bike casualties’

Steve Farrell, 29 October 2012 07:00

Motorcycling would be safer if clocks were brought forward by an hour to make evenings lighter, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists. The group wants a three-year trial of new daylight hours to tackle a spike in casualties each year after the clocks go back at the end of October. Last year the motorcycle casualty rate in November was ...

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Reprieve for high-powered bikes in anti-tampering plans

Steve Farrell, 19 October 2012 10:17

Anti-tampering measures on new bikes will be limited to machines up to 47bhp, MEPs have agreed.  New motorcycles are to get so-called on-board diagnostic systems capable of registering modifications as faults to be rectified by a mechanic. The aim is to make it impossible to modify motorcycles which comply with power restrictions for new riders from next year. The measures will apply ...

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Second city plans bike parking charges

Steve Farrell, 04 October 2012 17:17

Liverpool could follow London’s Westminster in scrapping free roadside motorcycle parking. A charge for motorcycle parking in the city centre could be introduced as early as this year under plans. A Liverpool Council spokesman said: "A range of proposals are currently being considered, including the introduction of a small charge for motorcycle parking.”A public consultation is due to start within ...

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Rider deaths down

Steve Farrell, 27 September 2012 16:06

Motorcycle fatalities fell 10% last year according to latest government figures. It’s the second year in a row of improvement after a fall of 15% in 2010. Rider deaths were down 33% in 2011 compared to the average number killed per year from 2005-2009.  The motorcycle fatality rate – taking into account miles travelled by bike – was down even ...

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Hands-free phones ‘just as distracting’

Steve Farrell, 20 September 2012 16:21

Drivers making hands-free calls are just as distracted as those on handheld phones, a Which? study has shown. Meanwhile texting is far more distracting than making a call – and more so than drinking up to the legal limit, according to the research. A driving simulator gauged reaction time to hazards while researchers tried texting, making calls and drinking to ...

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Try off-roading for free

Steve Farrell, 06 August 2012 14:29

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to try off-road riding for free with tuition from a former world motocross champion. Off-road beginners will get free goes on bikes from Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, AJP and Husqvarna in an event staged by the Motorcycle Industry Association. Top instructors including three-time former world 500cc champion Dave Thorpe will be on hand at ...

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Rider deaths fall - again

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2012 09:25

Motorcycle fatalities fell by 10% last year despite an increase in use, according to government figures. It’s the second major drop in two years, after rider deaths fell 15% in 2010.There were 362 motorcyclists killed in road accidents in 2011 compared to 403 the year before. Meanwhile motorcycle traffic rose 0.9% in the same period. Motorcyclists are doing better at ...

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Ram raiders started fire which destroyed Honda show bikes

Steve Farrell, 22 March 2012 16:49

Ram raiders are suspected to have started a warehouse fire which destroyed Honda show bikes worth around £240,000. The thieves set light to a stolen Range Rover used in the attack before escaping on two stolen motorcycles. About 30 bikes – 20 fewer than initially feared - were destroyed when the blaze tore through the premises of Honda’s events agency, ...

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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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