MAG – On Trike Helmets

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has sent out a press release about the DOE’s (Department of the Environment – Northern Ireland) recent consultation which proposes the mandatory wearing of helmets by trike riders and their passengers on public roads. MAG’s opposition to this proposal reflects the groups continued opposition of the enforcement of compulsory helmet […]

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Trikes – Mandatory Helmet Wearing

We have received a DOE (Department Of The Environment) – Road Safety and Vehicle Regulation Division consultation for a “Proposal for the Mandatory Wearing of Helmets on Motor Tricycles”, in Northern Ireland. This highlights that the wearing of helmets for riders of, and passengers on, motor tricycles used on public roads in Northern Ireland would […]

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No Dosh For Road Safety

It would appear that there is no money left in the coffers of the DOE (Department of the Environment) for Road Safety or any money in fact for anything in Northern Ireland from Policing to Bus Services to Health because of the (without getting too involved), political impasse at Stormont! The DOE has launched a […]

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Exemptions Periodic Testing

The DfT – Department for Transport in GB are asking people to discuss and make suggestions about changes to road-worthiness testing for classic vehicles. While this is not strictly a run of the mill consultation there is no doubt that the outcome of this will have an effect on periodic testing – MoT – for […]

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Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill

The Committee for the Environment at the Northern Ireland Assembly, requested written submissions from interested organisations and individuals, notices in the local press and contacting stakeholders directly, regarding the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill with the deadline of 21st August. We at Right To Ride submitted our response to this call. The bill as proposed will […]

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Continuous Insurance

In June this year, the Department of the Environment (DOE) Minister Mark H Durkan launched a public consultation on proposals to reduce the number of uninsured motorists. The proposal was to introduce a Continuous Insurance Enforcement scheme, similar if not the same to the scheme that has been in place since 2011 in Great Britain. […]

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Un-Taxing Times

Update to consultation – Motorists will no longer receive a paper tax disc to fix and exhibit to their vehicle as proof that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has been paid in respect of their vehicle. The measure will have effect from 1 October 2014 and will apply to all vehicles. Vehicle Excise Duty: abolishing the […]

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No More “Tax” Disc?

You may be aware of the headlines going around in the motorcycle press that the “Tax Disc” on that we have to display on vehicles is to be withdrawn – that the system for road tax for VED is all set to go digital this year – checks by police from the DVLA records – […]

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Road Race Bill Passed

A Road Races (Amendment) Bill was passed in the Assembly today The Bill will introduce flexibility to help promoters of road races to reschedule races where they would otherwise have to be cancelled due to bad weather. From next year, race promoters will be able to use up to two contingency days in relation to […]

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DVA Job Cuts Update

We previously reported on a consultation from the Department for Transport (DfT) in London which looked at centralising the delivery of vehicle and registration services at the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea, the consultation ran until the 11th September 2013. The Department of the Environment (DOE) in Northern Ireland though its previous Minister, […]

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Moving DVA Services

With less than a week in his new “job” the new Minister for the Department of the Environment (DOE) Mark Durkin is continuing his predecessor, Alex Atwood’s defence to keep the delivery of vehicle and registration services here in Northern Ireland. The Department for Transport (DfT) in London has announced a consultation which will look […]

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