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Speeding fines set to rise to £100

Fines for speeding could rise from £60 to £100 under plans announced by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke. The fixed penalty speeding fine could rise by nearly 70% to fund compensation for victims of crime. Those who fight speeding cases in court could pay up to £120 towards the scheme.   The proposals are part of plans to raise an extra £50million ...

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  • General news
  • 31 January 2012

Over 80% of death drivers avoid jail

More than four out of five careless drivers who kill walk free from courts, an MCN investigation can reveal. All but 48 of the first 313 people sentenced for the new offence of causing death by careless driving avoided jail. The offence was created to bring more proportionate sentencing for taking a life. It allows offenders to be jailed for ...

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  • General news
  • 25 January 2012

‘Every driving test should include a bike question’

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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  • 24 January 2012

Stolen vehicle squad saved

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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  • General news
  • 13 January 2012

London’s bikes in bus lanes scheme made permanent

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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  • 21 December 2011

Police recover nine stolen bikes after owner complains of inaction

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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  • General news
  • 13 December 2011

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

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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  • General news
  • 12 December 2011

Riders gather for MCN EU protest

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 22 November 2011

‘Every rider should join MCN Brussels protest’

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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  • General news
  • 17 November 2011

Help highlight potholes

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, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 15 November 2011

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