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‘Grave concerns’ about graphic safety ad

A leading riders’ group has said it has “grave concerns” about a graphic new safety ad.  The cinema ad by Transport for London shows a motorcyclist lying on his back in the road. While paramedics work to save him, he says to the camera: “I’m going into cardiac arrest now. Silly place to overtake, really. Still, you live and learn ...

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  • 02 July 2013

Health and safety consultant in court over fatal hit-and-run

A health and safety consultant has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a 16-year-old motorcyclist in a hit-and-run. Brian Hampton, 58, faces a string of charges including causing death by careless driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident. He pleaded not guilty to causing death ...

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  • 28 March 2013

Deer threat to road safety

There are more deer in the UK than at any time since the Ice Age, according to a study highlighting the threat to road safety. Deer populations need to be culled by as much as 60% just to keep numbers stable, according to research by the University of East Anglia. A spokeswoman for the university said: “In the absence of ...

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  • General news
  • 08 March 2013

The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten worst safety innovations. 1. RoofsGive a motorcycle a roof and what you have is no longer a motorcycle. And anyone can make something safer by turning it into something else. You might as well ...

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  • 03 February 2013

BBC presenters lecture on road safety while not looking at the road

A BBC road safety series has been criticised for having its presenters drive while looking at the camera in an episode focussing on distraction.  The AA accused BBC2’s How Safe are Britain’s Roads? of setting a bad example. In last week’s programme, looking at drivers on the phone, presenters Justin Rowlatt and Anita Rani repeatedly took their eyes off the ...

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  • 15 November 2012

IAM's 'unfair' claims over bike safety

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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  • 06 February 2012

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

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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  • 23 June 2011

Bike rally cancelled over health and safety

A bike rally which attracts around 8000 riders has been cancelled for the first time in more than 39 years over health and safety concerns. Cassington Bike Night has been run by the British Motorcycle Riders’ Club (BMRC) annually since 1978. But this year the club has told it must meet make new arrangements including closing the road at a ...

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  • 09 June 2011

Road Safety group adopts policy with ‘no room for motorcycles’

A leading road safety group is backing a casualty reduction policy whose author once said motorcycles must be removed from the roads. Claes Tingvall said: “We must prevent the recruiting of new motorcyclists. In long-term thinking, I regret to say that motorcycles must go.” Fight back - join the MCN 1000 campaign But the charity Brake is lobbying the Government ...

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  • 17 September 2010

Safety groups’ ‘misleading’ speed camera claims

Safety groups have been accused of ‘misleading’ the public over claims speed cameras save lives. A joint statement from groups including the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, the AA and national cycling body CTC said: ‘Speed cameras help to save lives - an estimated 100 lives a year in the UK.’ But the study cited as the source ...

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  • 27 August 2010

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