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Police suspend use of all laser speed guns – and ban officers from exceeding 100mph

Steve Farrell, 09 October 2007 11:08

Police in Kent have suspended use of all laser speed guns following a court case, MCN can exclusively reveal. An email sent globally to all officers in south Kent, leaked to MCN, stated: ‘Following a court case at Folkestone yesterday and in liaison with the Criminal Justice Unit (traffic) a review of speed enforcement policy is to be made regarding ...

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DVLA’s secret talks on electronic tagging for motorcycles

Steve Farrell, 20 August 2007 12:12

DVLA is secretly consulting with number plate manufacturers on fitting all new motorcycle plates with electronic ID tags. The tags, or chips, would transmit details to roadside or handheld police readers, allowing us to be identified and tracked on the move. The current issue of MCN reveals how the DVLA has given number plate manufacturers a questionnaire which proposes fitting ...

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Hours left to save bikes from road pricing

Steve Farrell, 13 April 2007 11:23

Today is your last chance to sign MCN’s petition against road pricing before it is given to Tony Blair. As this was written, the list of names had reached 4,411 and was still growing by the minute, with just hours to go before it’s due to be submitted to the Prime Minister. The online petition, on Number 10’s website, states: ...

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RoSPA misquoted in 'speed control' report

Steve Farrell, 29 March 2007 12:27

A spokeman from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has revealed the organisation has been misrepresented in the Fifth Report on the Government's Motorcycling Strategy. The report is the basis for new calls for motorcycle speed controls (see the related article below), and claims the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) had called for all bikes ...

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Register race bikes

Steve Farrell, 21 February 2007 09:27

An MP has drafted a new Bill requiring all bikes used off-road to be registered and display number plates, including track day bikes and even MotoGP race bikes.  Graham Stringer’s off-road registration Bill, which gets its second reading in Parliament on March 2, 2007, is aimed at anti-social mini moto riders who use their bikes illegally in public spaces. But ...

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