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‘Every driving test should include a bike question’

Steve Farrell, 24 January 2012 12:03

An insurance firm is petitioning the Government to make a motorcycle-related question part of every driving test. Bennetts Insurance thinks it could help reduce casualties. At the moment a bike-related question may or may not come up in the driving theory test. The petition says the matter should not be left to chance. It says: ‘With questions currently selected at ...

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Stolen vehicle squad saved

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 17:22

One of the country’s last remaining police stolen vehicle squads has been saved from closure. The Met’s stolen vehicle unit, which has worked to jail organised bike thieves with undercover stings and long-running investigations, had been earmarked for closure in police budget cuts. But the unit is now to remain open, sources have confirmed. Met bosses have told the squad ...

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London’s bikes in bus lanes scheme made permanent

Steve Farrell, 21 December 2011 12:48

Motorcyclists have been granted permanent access to bus lanes in London, the capital’s transport authority announced today. The decision follows a three-year trial of the measure which has helped smooth traffic flow, cut emissions and reduce journey times according to Transport for London (TfL). Cycle collisions also fell significantly by 11.6% in the latter 18months of the trial compared to ...

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Police recover nine stolen bikes after owner complains of inaction

Steve Farrell, 13 December 2011 15:46

Police followed a tracking device to a haul of nine stolen motorcycles – but only after a newspaper exposed their inaction over the case. When Sam Jackson’s Yamaha R6 was stolen, he knew what street it had been moved to thanks to the signal from its onboard tracker. But he says police told him to get it himself because they ...

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Find anti-tampering proposals confusing? Don’t ask the Chair of the committee behind them

Steve Farrell, 12 December 2011 10:09

The Chair of European Parliament’s lead committee on anti-tampering proposals did not know who they applied to when questioned by MCN. Malcolm Harbour, Chairman of European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, did not know whether the proposals were to prevent performance modifications to all motorcycles or only those used by riders with power restrictions on their licences. The ...

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Riders gather for MCN EU protest

Steve Farrell, 22 November 2011 09:15

Riders have started gathering at ports en route to Brussels take part in MCN’s protest over stifling EU measures for bikes. Protesters are due to meet near the European Commission headquarters before riding to European Parliament, where MEPs had been invited to come out and hear concerns over anti-tampering proposals. Yesterday, UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen, who proposed the action, sent ...

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‘Every rider should join MCN Brussels protest’

Steve Farrell, 17 November 2011 12:38

Riders’ rights groups have urged motorcyclists to join MCN’s Brussels protest ride as the day of the action approaches. We’re asking readers to meet us next Tuesday in Brussels, where we’re staging a protest ride to European Parliament over EU measures to stop us modifying bikes. The BMF’s Chris Hodder said: “Modifying vehicles, which anti-tampering proposals are designed to prevent, ...

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Help highlight potholes

Steve Farrell, 15 November 2011 13:37

A new BBC consumer affairs programme wants to hear about hazardous unfilled potholes. Programme makers are looking for examples to film this week for a pilot series to be broadcast on Wednesday evenings on BBC 1 from later this month. They also want to hear about confusing road signs and seemingly pointless long-term roadworks for future episodes of the show, ...

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Second MP backs MCN Brussels protest ride

Steve Farrell, 10 November 2011 14:01

An MP has given a major boost to MCN’s planned Brussels protest over stifling EU measures by promising to join the ride. Steve Weatherley, Tory MP for Brighton and Hove, will join MCN readers taking part in the November 22 ride to European Parliament. Weatherley is the latest MP to back our campaign against EU measures to make bikes impossible ...

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MP backs MCN Brussels protest

Steve Farrell, 01 November 2011 12:13

MP Steve Baker has expressed support for MCN’s planned Brussels protest ride over stifling EU measures for new bikes.  The Tory MP for Wycombe threw his weight behind the campaign before becoming the new Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling. He said: “I am delighted that Motor Cycle News is taking the protest against anti-tampering measures to Brussels. ...

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