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Secure parking and free kit lockers at motorway services

Published: 03 April 2008

Riders are to benefit from secure parking facilities and free clothing lockers at motorway services, according to the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF).

Highways Agency guidance on what facilities service areas should provide has changed following BMF representations, according to the riders’ rights group.  

The guidance now states: ‘Operators should provide dedicated signed parking spaces for motorcyclists, enabling the rider to secure the bike to a sound structure. They should be located close to the amenity block for security reasons. A number of free lockers should be provided for storage of helmets and clothing, so that riders may rest comfortably.’

The BMF said in a statement: ‘Thanks to BMF representations, motorcyclists are set to benefit from the provision of secure motorcycle parking bays and the free use of clothing lockers at motorway and major trunk road service areas.’

Chris Hodder, the BMF’s government relations executive added: “It’s good to see the authorities responding the needs of road users and particularly motorcyclists. These new facilities will be a boon to those of us who travel long distances by motorcycle.”

The new guidance is contained in the Highways Agency’s Policy on Service Areas and Other Roadside Facilities on Motorways and All-Purpose Trunk Roads in England.