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French breathalyser fines postponed

Steve Farrell, 19 October 2012 10:32

Fines for not carrying a breathalyser kit in France have been postponed until March next year. The on-the-spot fines were originally due to be in force by November 1 this year. Motorcyclists and drivers caught without a breathalyser kit will have to pay €11 (£8.90). Moped riders are exempt. Motorists are expected to use the breathalysers to check that they ...

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Olympic ‘oversight’ over Games Lanes

Steve Farrell, 27 July 2012 17:08

Olympic organisers face criticism for excluding motorcyclists from Games Lanes reserved for athletes, officials and VIPs. The Motorcycle Action Group says it’s an “obvious oversight” because letting motorcyclists share the lanes would reduce congestion and emissions. Around 30 miles of Games Lanes opened last Wednesday to people directly involved in the Olympics. Anyone else who enters them risks a £130 ...

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Honda show bikes destroyed in fire

Steve Farrell, 20 March 2012 16:27

Honda show bikes worth nearly half a million pounds are feared to have been destroyed in a warehouse fire.  Up to 50 bikes were destroyed when the blaze tore through the premises of Honda’s events agency, KCS Group, early this morning. Machines stored there appeared on Honda’s stand at the motorcycle show in London’s Excel Centre last month. They were due to be ...

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Rear-facing average-speed cameras on the way

Steve Farrell, 09 October 2008 17:14

Rear-facing cameras which measure average speed over long distances are close to gaining approval, according to the makers. Existing average-speed cameras are unable to read motorcycles’ number plates because they are forward-facing but the latest generation can also face the rear, the manufacturers told a road safety conference. They are likely to be installed on rural and urban roads, covering ...

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Learners urged: book test now or face chaos

Steve Farrell, 03 July 2008 17:10

Learner riders must book their test this month or face chaos trying to get a licence, bike manufacturers have warned. Motorcycle training schools in Scotland forced to shut down Anyone who books after July will not take his test until October, when 85% of test centres are set to close under new legislation, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA). Over ...

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Big energy firm bans staff from riding motorcycles at work

Steve Farrell, 10 June 2008 11:18

A nuclear power firm has become the latest major employer to ban staff from riding bikes. Magnox Electric Ltd told all staff members: “The use of motorbikes for travelling on company business is prohibited with immediate effect.” The internal company memo, seen by MCN, added: “Staff needing to travel on company business… must travel by car.” The memo, dated June ...

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Government data on motorcycle tax evasion "could have been made up"

Steve Farrell, 06 May 2008 15:48

Government data suggesting nearly 40% of motorcycles are untaxed could have been made up, an MP has said. Department for Transport admit tax evasion figures were wrong The suggestion came as senior civil servants responsible for the data were hauled over the coals by the Commons public accounts committee. Committee member Angela Browning MP said researchers contracted to note down ...

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Freebird falls short

Steve Farrell, 09 January 2008 16:54

New biker movie Freebird is described in the makers’ bumf as a cross between the cult classics Withnail & I and Quadrophenia, but it’s more like Pirates of the Caribbean on bikes. MCN attended an exclusive screening of the film, about three motorcycle couriers (Phil Daniels, Geoff Bell and Gary Stretch) who ride to Wales to find a hippy (Arthur ...

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Three new arrests over Hells Angel shooting

Steve Farrell, 03 October 2007 12:07

Police investigating the murder of Hells Angel Gerard Tobin who was shot dead while riding on the M40 have made three new arrests early this morning. Three men are to be questioned on suspicion of of conspiracy to commit murder following arrests in Coventry and Milton Keynes. Warwickshire Police said in a statement: ‘A 44-year-old man was arrested from his ...

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Serious bike crashes up

Steve Farrell, 09 August 2007 15:20

Serious and fatal motorcycle crashes have risen while slight casualties have fallen, according to Government figures published today. Department for Transport (DFT) provisional estimates for the first quarter of 2007 report that the most serious motorcycle crashes rose by 6% compared to the previous year, while slight casualties fell by 4% and all rider casualties fell by 1%. The only ...

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