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Ban for riding electric scooter

Steve Farrell, 04 March 2008 12:06

A man has been convicted of having no insurance and helmet while riding a folding electric scooter with a top speed of 10mph. The landmark case means the tiny bike counts as a motor vehicle under law. Paul King, 28, of Yeovil, Somerset, was already banned from driving when he rode the £299 rechargeable City Mantis. He admitted driving while ...

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MP apologises for calling bikers tax dodgers

Steve Farrell, 27 February 2008 12:38

An MP has apologised for falsely claiming nearly 40 per cent of motorcycles are untaxed. Read the full motorcycle tax evasion report Edward Leigh, Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, said in January: “Large parts of the biking community are cocking a snook at the law.” Leigh’s claims were based on figures from the Department for Transport which have ...

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‘40% of motorcycles untaxed’

Steve Farrell, 21 January 2008 22:00

DVLA will be a laughing stock if it doesn’t clamp down hard on motorcycle tax evaders, MPs have said. The Commons Public Accounts Committee said 38% of motorcycles were untaxed, up from 30% the previous year, and urged Government to take tougher measures to catch offenders. Committee chairman Edward Leigh MP said: "Motorcyclists are particularly liable to evade road tax. Nearly 40% of ...

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Fastest ever YouTube rider

Steve Farrell, 07 January 2008 12:09

Police are hunting a rider who appears to hit 189mph on UK roads in a YouTube clip. The speed is thought to be the fastest ever recorded on UK roads and posted on a film sharing site. It’s the latest in a series of clips that have prompted police to launch a clampdown in which riders’ homes have been searched ...

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"Wire rope needed on rural roads"

Steve Farrell, 10 December 2007 17:25

Single-carriageway rural roads should have wire barriers in the middle despite the danger to riders, Government has been told. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says the move would reduce road deaths, but admits it does not know what the effect would be for motorcyclist casualties. Motorcyclists in New Zealand are campaigning for the removal of wire barriers – nicknamed ...

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Safety group wants motorcyclists blamed for crashes with cyclists – even if they hit us.

Steve Farrell, 21 November 2007 12:00

Motorcyclists should be assumed to blame for crashes with cyclists, a major road safety charity has said. We should be made to pay the cyclist compensation unless we can prove they were at fault, according to RoadPeace. Amy Aeron-Thomas, director of RoadPeace, said the group was calling for the law to be changed so that “In any collision involving a ...

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Motorcycles cause cancer

Steve Farrell, 21 November 2007 10:30

Radiation from our bikes could be giving us cancer and limp manhoods, a barmy new book has claimed. Cancer in bikers could be caused by “death rays” of “electromagnetic radiation” from engines, according to the book. It could cause cancer of the prostate, testicles, colon, bladder, kidney, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as infertility, “sexual dysfunction, erectile deficiency and ...

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‘Bikes need lower speed limits than cars’

Steve Farrell, 17 October 2007 11:17

Speed limits for motorcycles need to be lower than those set for the rest of the traffic, two leading transport advisors have said.  Stephen Plowden and Mayer Hillman, transport authors and advisors to the Slower Speeds Initiative, said the measure would improve safety for pedestrians. The calls came in the build up to an MCN backed mass ride in London ...

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Overtaking ban on “Helmsley TT”

Steve Farrell, 15 October 2007 17:21

Overtaking is to be banned on stretches of a road nicknamed the Helmsley TT by motorcyclists. The B1257 in North Yorkshire is to get double white lines on a 20 mile stretch from Helmsley to Stokesley. Anyone caught crossing the lines will risk three penalty points and a £60 fine, or a £1000 fine and a ban in court. The ...

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New Highway Code tells drivers not to smoke

Steve Farrell, 29 September 2007 13:45

Drivers are told not to light up at the wheel in a revised version of the Highway Code published yesterday. Smoking appears on a list of ‘distractions’ which drivers and riders are told to ‘avoid’ in the first major update to the Code since 1999. It means the fact a driver was smoking could be cited in court by police ...

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