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Dangerous drivers face tougher sentence

Steve Farrell, 07 October 2011 16:22

Dangerous drivers who cause serious injury could face five years in jail under plans announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. A new offence of “causing serious injury by dangerous driving” would carry more than double the current maximum sentence applicable of two years. Clarke said: "We have listened to the victims of dangerous drivers, their families, MPs, judges and road ...

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Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - Who needs the badge?

Steve Farrell, 07 September 2011 12:39

In a recent update I highlighted the disappointingly early beginnings of corrosion on my G650GS's frame, a development that has left me dreading winter. Now I’ve got a BMW cover, which should help. It's lovely, as BMW accessories tend to be, with a number plate window and integral storage bag. But I got a shock when I saw the price. ...

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Riders charged £hundreds for insurance firms’ error

Steve Farrell, 24 August 2011 09:57

Owners of Suzuki GSXR1000s face paying hundreds of pounds because an error in data used by insurance companies. The data lists the engine size of the machines incorrectly, leading customers who state the correct size to be treated as though they have modified the bike and charged extra - sometimes more than double the initial quote. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 ...

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Learners told: ‘Wear bike kit or test will be cancelled’

Steve Farrell, 11 July 2011 12:50

Learner motorcyclists not in proper bike kit including boots and gloves face being turned away from their test. The Driving Standards Agency has told examiners they can turn away candidates not ‘appropriately’ dressed in at least heavy denim. Examples of kit deemed inappropriate include skiing gloves, ripped jeans and trainers. A sign in test centres tells examiners: ‘From 1 July, ...

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Mystery over speed cameras with no white lines

Steve Farrell, 08 July 2011 16:48

Speed camera bosses are struggling to explain why white lines in the road necessary to convict offenders have been missing for a year. A Gatso fixed camera on the A1 has been without white lines since 2010. The lines, typically in the middle of traffic lanes, provide secondary evidence in addition to a radar speed measurement. They allow a vehicle’s ...

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Bus lane trial ends

Steve Farrell, 10 June 2011 15:45

A trial of motorcycles in bus lanes is being scrapped over concern for cyclists, even though it hasn’t resulted in a single collision between the two. The London borough of Ealing is pushing ahead with plans to boot motorcyclists out of bus lanes from June 27, first reported by MCN in January. A statement on the council’s website says: ‘The ...

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Bike rally cancelled over health and safety

Steve Farrell, 09 June 2011 12:25

A bike rally which attracts around 8000 riders has been cancelled for the first time in more than 39 years over health and safety concerns. Cassington Bike Night has been run by the British Motorcycle Riders’ Club (BMRC) annually since 1978. But this year the club has told it must meet make new arrangements including closing the road at a ...

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New careless driver penalties "a waste of time"

Steve Farrell, 03 June 2011 10:46

New powers to tackle careless drivers are "waste of time" because there are no police to use them, according to rank and file officers. Fixed penalties of three points and £80 to £100 fines for careless drivers were announced last month to target motorists who tailgate or cut up other road users. But the Police Federation has said the powers ...

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Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - When different isn’t better

Steve Farrell, 03 June 2011 10:12

In my last update on the G650GS I’m riding this year, I mentioned how BMWs are different to other bikes in the detail. I said they were not always better but never without effort. Well, here’s an example : The indicator switch. The G650GS does not feature BMW’s famously different three-switch arrangement, with a button on each bar to activate ...

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On-the-spot fines for careless drivers

Steve Farrell, 11 May 2011 14:22

Careless drivers will face new on-the-spot fixed penalties of three points and a £100 fine under plans to be announced today. Motorists who don’t look or check their mirrors before manoeuvring will be dealt with instantly using new police powers without having to go through the courts. The new fine will range from £80 to £100. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond ...

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