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What happens when you get caught speeding over 100mph

MCN, 13 August 2010 15:41

If you are caught speeding at over 100mph on a national speed limit road, you are probably looking at a ban, even if your job relies on you having a driving licence. For speeding the penalty is between 3-6 points, with a fine not exceeding £2500 on a motorway or £1000 on any other road. Alternatively, the magistrates can give a ...

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Fines for small plates

MCN, 23 July 2010 17:15

Darren Izzard was riding home from a shopping trip when the boys in blue flagged him down. “I pulled over and turned the bike off, removed my helmet and approached the officers with a friendly smile. I hadn't been speeding or riding aggressively so was a bit curious about the pull.” Said Darren. “One officer engaged me in conversation and ...

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Don't get done by poor servicing

Chris Dabbs, 09 July 2010 14:29

About 12 months ago Pete Hales bought an 06-plate Triumph ST1050 from an authorised dealer. It had had one owner from new with full service history from the dealer who he bought it from. The bike had been recently serviced and had a full MOT.   “I have just had the four year service done by the same dealer. During the ...

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Proper use of mirrors

Chris Dabbs, 11 June 2010 10:33

One of the great attractions of motorcycles is that you can overtake other vehicles far more easily, but you’ve got to take more care when doing so. Simon Williams from Cleveland decided to overtake a lorry and a tractor as the road ahead was clear, but as he overtook the lorry he saw that the tractor in front was turning ...

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Am I to blame for crash while overtaking?

MCN, 07 May 2010 16:38

Q. Last year I was the victim of a pretty bad motorcycle accident where I ended up with a fractured pelvis and arm. I was following a couple of friends on a rideout. They had overtaken a line of three or four cars ahead and I was overtaking the same cars when one of them pulled across me without indicating, ...

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Speed camera detectors on satnavs - where you stand

Chris Dabbs, 30 April 2010 15:11

Speed limits are being more rigourously enforced in Europe these days, especially France. The French have also banned speed device detectors and will confiscate any they find on vehicles. Some riders are worried that their existing satnavs loaded with software that shows where European Safety Cameras are will be at risk. If you are taking the latest generation of sat ...

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Can I claim against council for road debris?

MCN, 16 April 2010 14:38

Q. I recently had a bike accident on the way back from college. I was about to overtake a bus which was slowing down as it was approaching a bus stop, so I assumed it would stop there. As I pulled out to go round it there was a car coming towards me on the other side of the road. ...

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Legal advice: what to do if you have an accident in France

Chris Dabbs, 26 March 2010 16:49

If you have had the misfortune to be involved in an accident in another EU member state like France and the foreign driver is blaming you and your insurer isn’t pursuing it hard, there are still steps you can take. If an English domiciled biker is injured in France by a French driver then as long as the French driver’s ...

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Will I lose my licence if I've been summonsed?

Marc Abbott, 05 February 2010 17:06

I have nine points on my licence, all due to speeding offences, and I've recently had another one for doing 49mph in a 30mph limit. This time I have been summonsed to go to court and I'm worried that I may be disqualified from riding. Will I?Ian Woodhouse, Birmingham  The short answer is yes. The reason you've received a summons ...

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How to contest a speeding charge

MCN, 07 January 2010 17:49

If you get stopped by two police officers in a car and you don’t agree with the speed they say you were doing, you can contest the charge in court, though it will be an uphill struggle. Unfortunately if you have the TWO officers both saying you were travelling at a speed (corroborating each other) that is usually evidence enough ...

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