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Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2013 13:13

Motorcyclists have been told they can legally wear a high-visibility vest that resembles police uniform. The yellow bibs have the word ‘polite’ printed on the back in large capital letters, along with a strip of blue-and-white crosshatching similar to designs traditionally worn by police. Cyclists in London already wear them to get drivers to give them more space, after Met ...

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Speed awareness course could mean higher insurance costs

Steve Farrell, 19 November 2012 16:33

Taking a speed awareness course could lead to increased insurance premiums. Admiral is raising premiums of people who attend the courses, which are offered instead of a fine and licence penalty points. The insurance group says people who attend the course pose a higher risk.Avoiding extra insurance costs has been a key attraction of the courses, which are typically more ...

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Police chief’s plan to save speed cameras

Steve Farrell, 22 November 2010 17:33

The Association of Chief Police Officers has drawn up a 'business model' to save the country's speed cameras from Coalition spending cuts. The plan allows police forces to reclaim costs of running cameras from courses offered to offenders instead of prosecution.  The model has already allowed Oxfordshire County to announce plans to turn its cameras back on next April, eight ...

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Top traffic cop warns of speed camera demise

Steve Farrell, 03 September 2010 18:57

Britain’s most senior traffic officer has told councils speed cameras face being wound down almost totally and police cannot take over their role. Gwent Chief Constable Mick Giannasi, who speaks for ACPO on road policing, says government funding cuts have left local authorities with no budget to renew camera equipment or pay the wages of staff who issue fixed penalties. ...

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Camera bosses’ anger over sneaky speed trap shots

Steve Farrell, 30 July 2010 17:11

Speed camera bosses are refusing to speak to MCN after we printed pictures of an unmarked motorcycle used in covert operations. They insist we should have shown them the shots of the sneaky speed trap before publishing them. The pictures show a BMWR1200GS, registration number LD08GHA, with a speed detector mounted on the back.  Wales’ speed camera partnership, called GoSafe, ...

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Thousands could escape speeding fines in postal strike

Steve Farrell, 05 November 2009 16:12

Motorcyclists caught by speed cameras could escape fines and points due to the postal strike. The High Court has quashed a conviction because police failed to notify the driver within the 14-day legal time limit from the date of the alleged offence. Thousands more speeding notices could be delayed as backlogs are cleared, raising the prospect of many more motorists ...

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Joe Public 1 - Police 0

Jon, 05 April 2009 19:18

As an avid MCN reader and rider, and MCN Forum member, I have felt the compelling need to sit down and write in after your recent stories covering the newly installed ‘Motorcycle Detection Systems’ introduced in Derbyshire. I am an ‘Average Joe’ who has a job and works Monday to Friday, pay my taxes, my mortgage and all other dues ...

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Police sorry for ban bikes proposal

Steve Farrell, 27 January 2009 14:34

Police are sorry for proposing banning motorcycles, they have told MPs after pressure from MCN. In a groveling new written apology, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has clarified that it does not want to get rid of us after all. See the full apology here The association has also admitted virtually everything it told the Commons Transport Committee ...

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One week to help get three-time speeder Hughes axed

Steve Farrell, 21 January 2009 15:05

Time is running out to sign our petition calling for three-time speeder Meredydd Hughes to be axed as the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO’s) road policing head. We launched our petition on Number 10’s website after it emerged Hughes’ department had proposed to MPs that motorcycles were ‘motorised toys’ which should be banned from the roads.  It tells the ...

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Bike tax evasion down 65%

Steve Farrell, 27 December 2008 09:00

The rate of motorcycle tax evasion is barely a third of the figure we were told last year, according to a report from the Department for Transport. The new research says an estimated 2.3% of motorcycles seen in traffic are untaxed, compared to 6.5% last year.   The estimate for the total rate of untaxed bikes is also down sharply, from ...

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