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Grangemouth oil refinery back in business

Michael Carroll, 29 April 2008 11:02

Workers at the Ineos oil refinery in Grangemouth have returned to work after a 48-hour strike, but it could still take up to a month for the facility to be fully re-opened. Government could bring in fuel rationing The oil firm was forced to shut the refinery during the strike, which was called following a dispute between members of the ...

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Motorists fear Government incompetence on road pricing

Michael Carroll, 28 April 2008 12:18

An overwhelming majority of AA members do not trust the Government to introduce a fair system of road pricing, a survey by the AA shows. Motorcycles ditched from road pricing trials A total of 17,500 AA members were questioned, with 86% stating they did not believe that the Government would deliver cuts to fuel duty and road tax in the ...

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Suzi Perry sells jacket for Garry Stead charity

Michael Carroll, 24 April 2008 10:05

BBC MotoGP presenter Suzi Perry has donated one of her leather jackets to a fund set up to support injured speedway rider Garry Stead. The silver Dainese jacket has been signed by Suzi Perry, and was sold via online auction to raise cash for the rider. Garry Stead was paralysed after shattering the lower portion of his spine in a ...

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Swinton online insurance discount offer extended to end of May

Michael Carroll, 22 April 2008 11:08

Swinton Bikes, the specialist motorcycle division of insurance firm Swinton, has extended a discount scheme it introduced to promote the launch of its website from early April until the end of May. The firm says positive feedback from customers convinced it to extend the offer, which grants motorcyclists a discount of 25% off the price of their premium when they ...

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Honda extends special deals to end of June

Michael Carroll, 17 April 2008 14:35

Honda has extended two offers covering its sports tourers and the CBR600RR motorcycle until the end of June, after both deals proved popular with its customers. The Whatever the Weather deal covers the firm’s VFR800, VFR800 ABS, and NT700V Deauville models. Anyone buying a VFR800 by June 30 would receive a free accessory pack, comprising a 45-litre top box and ...

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Norwich named as king of the scooters

Michael Carroll, 10 April 2008 16:47

Norwich has been dubbed Britain’s Scooter Capital by motorcycle insurance firm Bennetts, with an impressive 1 in 20 residents in the city owning a scooter. Data from the firm suggests Norwich could take the tag of European Scooter Capital by 2020, by overtaking the current leader Rome, where 1 in 6 residents commute by scoot. Norwich fended off competition from ...

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MP hits out at sluggish test centre progress

Michael Carroll, 09 April 2008 16:16

Learner motorcyclists living in rural areas on the west coast of Scotland could face a 200-mile round trip to sit their motorcycle test from September 29, because construction of new multi-purpose test centres is behind schedule, says Alan Reid, MP for Argyll & Bute. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Reid lambasted the slow progress in constructing the test ...

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Motocross riders line up for Evel Knievel award

Michael Carroll, 09 April 2008 15:15

The first Evel Knievel Award is set to be presented next weekend, at the Moto X World Championships. The award celebrates Knievel’s contribution to the world of extreme riding, and is due to be presented by the stunt-rider’s wife, Krystal Kennedy-Knievel. Over 85 motocross riders are lined up to compete for the title of Moto X World Champion at the ...

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Michelin teams up with Sainsburys for free fuel

Michael Carroll, 08 April 2008 16:21

Tyre manufacturer Michelin is hoping to boost sales of its Pilot Road 2 rubber, by offering a free fuel voucher to anyone buying a set of the tyres up to May 31, 2008. Buyers would be given a claim form to send to Michelin, who would then post out a voucher for £20-worth of fuel. The voucher can be cashed ...

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Mallet weilding driver gets community service

Michael Carroll, 07 April 2008 12:23

A driver who was found guilty of attacking a motorcyclist with a mallet, has been sentenced to 150 hours of community service. At a trial in March, motorist Bernard Docherty was found guilty of a breach of the peace by Edinburgh Crown Court in March, after attempting to hit motorcyclist Paul Wisdom with a mallet at a set of traffic ...

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