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Cat and Fiddle camera makers withdraw casualty claims

Steve Farrell, 28 May 2013 17:35

The makers of average-speed cameras on the Cat and Fiddle run are withdrawing a casualty reduction claim after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority. Vysionics ITS had claimed its speed cameras reduce deaths and serious injuries by “more than 70%” on average. The Alliance of British Drivers said the claim was an exaggeration because it ignored chance variation in ...

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Track day gift vouchers could be worthless after firm’s collapse

Steve Farrell, 15 May 2013 14:00

There may be no end in sight to the economic gloom but at least we can escape for a few hours on a track. As long as it’s not with the firm Easytrack. Gift vouchers for track days with the firm are potentially worthless after it ceased trading, cancelling 12 events at circuits across the country including Brands Hatch, Oulton ...

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122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

Steve Farrell, 09 May 2013 10:26

A motorcyclist has been jailed for eight months after boasting on a forum about lying to police over a speeding offence. Andrew Kelly, 37, was filmed speeding at 122mph by a speed camera van but told police a prospective buyer had been test-riding the bike at the time. Police later found a thread on a forum describing the incident and ...

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

Steve Farrell, 28 March 2013 14:16

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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Directors of collapsed adventure firm set up new companies using similar name

Steve Farrell, 19 February 2013 10:05

The directors of a motorcycle adventure firm which folded after keeping £120,000 of charity donations have each registered a new company with a similar name. Global Enduro went into administration after failing to pass on customers' donations to charity dating back to 2011. The donations were taken by the firm on the understanding they would be distributed between four charities ...

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All test cheats are drivers

Steve Farrell, 05 February 2013 07:30

Hundreds of learner drivers a year get someone else to take their test for them while not one motorcyclist attempts the scam, government figures show. Suspected impersonators sat 455 practical tests and 1469 theory tests in 2011/12 – an average of five a day - but all of the cheats were drivers. A Driving Standards Agency spokeswoman said: ‘I can ...

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Ten minutes with Andy McNab

Steve Farrell, 12 January 2013 07:30

We thought and thought but couldn’t remember the last time we’d met an SAS hero biker. So before he left us, we bombarded McNab with questions for a further 10 minutes.  MCN: Are motorcycles popular in SAS?AM: Very much so. You’re encouraged to live out of camp and people commute in from all over the place by bike. In the ...

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DSA video explains new licence rules

Steve Farrell, 11 January 2013 15:56

The Driving Standards Agency has released a video on new motorcycle licence rules coming into force on January 19. The three-minute video explains the minimum age limits for different types of motorcycles under the new rules.

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BMF loses influence in Brussels after failing to pay FEMA membership

Steve Farrell, 20 December 2012 11:25

The British Motorcyclists Federation has less influence in Brussels after failing to pay its members’ levy to the group representing riders to European Parliament.   The BMF, which claims to be the UK’s largest motorcycle organisation, no longer has a vote on policies of the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations after falling into arrears with payments.     FEMA is ...

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M25 cameras catch no one in a year

Steve Farrell, 17 December 2012 17:00

A network of 36 speed cameras on the M25 has caught no one in a year because none has been switched on. Technical and legal difficulties have prevented the Highways Agency from switching on the variable speed limit cameras. It came to light when AOL tried to find out which camera had raised the most in fines. The Highways Agency ...

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