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Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman won't rule out congestion charges for motorcycles

Tom Rayner, 19 June 2007 11:59

Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman refused to rule out bikes could be made to pay in future congestion charging schemes.   In response to a question, Ladyman said: “Exemptions in any local schemes that may get proposed will be for the local proposers to put forward but the London Congestion Charge includes a motorbike exemption so I have no doubt that ...

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Police chief wants hidden cameras

Tom Rayner, 05 June 2007 12:45

The head of ACPO road policing has admitted in an interview that he wants hidden speed cameras on our roads. Meredydd Hughes is the controversial Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police and senior figure in the influential Police body, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) who told MCN: “I was a speeding addict”. In an interview with the Times ...

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Brunstrom breached human rights

Tom Rayner, 03 May 2007 09:39

A solicitor representing the family of Mark Gibney says Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom may have breached his clients’ human rights. Paul Beck, from Liverpool based solicitors, Quinn Barrow said: “There might be a human rights violation. Photos taken from a crash scene for accident investigation purposes have been exploited. “These were not publicity photos; Brunstrom had 101 avenues to take ...

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Speed Ferries cancellation fiasco

Tom Rayner, 26 April 2007 09:30

MCN readers have contacted us to say the first they knew about their cross channel ferries tickets being cancelled is when they read it in MCN. Stuart Mathews had a crossing booked from Dover to Boulogne for the start of June and as far as he was concerned his reservation was still going ahead. However, when Mathews saw the MCN ...

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Detour outrage

Tom Rayner, 24 April 2007 08:58

Thousands of motorists were left fuming last week when a 20-mile diversion brought them right back round to where they started. The detour was set up by contractor Amey as part of a £25million improvement to the M8 near Glasgow airport. Amey has launched an inquiry to discover why road users were sent on a 30-minute loop.

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Legal eagles raise spinal cash

Tom Rayner, 19 April 2007 16:19

Cash raised by specialist bike law firm Fletchers Solicitors (also known as Bike Legal) has enabled Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Regional Spinal Injuries Centre to help with the rehabilitation of serious spinal injuries. The donation will aid in the rehabilitation of people, many of them bikers, who suffer serious spinal injuries. Centre director Pradit Sett said: “We are ...

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MCN needs your help

Tom Rayner, 18 April 2007 15:05

Have you had trouble booking ferry crossings just because you’re a biker? Has a ferry company ever refused to take your booking because you’re travelling on a bike? Have you ever had your bike damaged during a ferry crossing? If you have, we’d like to hear your tales. Tell us what happened. Just send us a brief outline of your ...

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A registration fit for a king

Tom Rayner, 06 March 2007 14:56

Here’s a number plate fit for a future King of England – WIII REX (Latin for King William). The plate is currently up for sale on an internet auction site and is expected to make nearly £30,000. Although the plate might look great on Prince William’s Yamaha R1 it might blow his anonymity – the main reason he rides a ...

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New colours for Brutale

Tom Rayner, 05 March 2007 14:50

The MV Agusta Brutale gets two bold, new paint schemes for 2007. The naked machine is now available in a dramatic orange or in Yamaha-esque white, black and red. The price remains at £10,500 on the road for the Brutale 910S and the higher-spec Brutale 910R retails at £12,500. For more info contact Three Cross motorcycles on 01202 823 344.

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Sport Edition BMW

Tom Rayner, 01 March 2007 14:30

BMW Netherlands has introduced this Sports Edition of BMW’s middle-weight, all-rounder the F800S. The bike comes with an Akropovic system, clear headlights, smoky sports screen, single seat conversion, neat number plate holder and a sporty graphite/blue paint scheme. The bike is available in Holland for around £8,000 with free delivery and a year’s free road tax. Will we see the ...


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