Tax Away!

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Today (17th July 2014) sees the closure of Driver & Vehicle Agency (DVA) offices in Northern Ireland. This is because the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in Swansea will now take over full responsibility for all vehicle licensing services from Monday 21st July 2014. Stating the obvious, this means that you will no longer […]

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Riding Through Road Works

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The DOE (Department for the Environment) through their “Share The Road To Zero” safety campaign website has highlighted a reminder to – ‘Drive safely through road works’. The DOE reminder states: “There are many road works on-going throughout Northern Ireland to build better roads and improve everyone’s journeys. When you approach road works or see […]

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New Motorcycling Guidelines

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IHE launches new motorcycling guidelines website The Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) launched in June 2014 the revised motorcycling guidelines in a brand new multi-platform website. The award winning guidelines have been updated from the 2005 version and set out practical guidance for transportation professionals on providing a safer environment for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters. […]

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Non-Slip – Sammy

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Updated 23rd June 2014 Sammy Wilson also asked a similar question in the UK Parliament to the Transport Minister – question and reply are below. Updated 20th June 2014 the question asked in the Northern Ireland Assembly by Sammy Wilson has been answered – see below. He can only be described as a motorcycling MLA […]

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Tram Lines

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Why you never ride on wet tram lines… Thankfully we don’t have these in Northern Ireland??? Some bad language included!

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Riders Voice

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Manhole/service covers are seen by many riders as an object to avoid went out riding, as they are seen as offering less grip especially if worn or in wet conditions. As we have said previously, “It’s Not Rocket Science”, that non-slip solutions are available for metallic manhole or service covers. The latest addition to helping […]

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Ireland’s Speed Limits Review

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MAG Ireland has reported that new proposals published by a Speed Limits Working Group are to address the inconsistencies in Ireland’s speed limits. MAG Ireland welcomes the recommendations “as a positive step in ensuring a balanced and transparent approach to the setting of limits appropriate to the road in question. In particular, we welcome the […]

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VED & SORN

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Did you know that in this years budget, delivered to the UK Parliament in March by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, that an extra year of Vehicle Duty (VED) exemption was announced for classic vehicles? We didn’t! The announcement means that from April 2014, vehicles manufactured before January 1974 will join the exemption from the […]

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Muck – Debris – Farmers

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In May 2012 we reported on a BBC article concerning the prosecution of a farmer who had been fined for allowing muck from his fields to be dragged onto roads in the Portrush area. The BBC report said that this was one of the first cases of its kind to come before the courts. The […]

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Belfast Motorcycle Parking

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If you have been parking in Belfast last week, you may have had a questionnaire placed on your bike from Roads Service – Proposed Provision of Free On-Street Parking Facilities For Motorcycles. The survey is intended to access the parking needs of riders in Belfast with the hope to improve motorcycle parking facilities in Belfast […]

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Autonomous Driving

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The Sarte Project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment), which we have only picked up details of recently, was a European Commission funded research into vehicle platoons. A vehicle platoon is a road train with vehicles, where vehicles are autonomously following a manually driven lead vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The project had seven […]

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