It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
On-line Report – Northern Ireland!
You can now fill in our On-line Report to help us to built a picture of the hazards motorcyclists face on the roads in Northern Ireland.
The on-line form will not be sent to Transport NI (formerly known as Roads Service) – see below for Transport NI contact details – however you can use the relevant details you have logged in the on-line form, a copy will be emailed to you, to report the Road Hazard or Fault to Transport NI.
You can also send pictures of the Road Hazard or Fault through the on-line form.
Right To Ride – On-line Report! – Click Here
If stopping to look or take pictures of a hazard or fault, please park in a safe and secure manner.
Do not put yourself in any danger.
Do not stop or hinder the normal flow of traffic.
Out And About – Northern Ireland
You can use the Right To Ride – “Hazard Fault Report Form” when you are out and about as an aide memoire if you come across a hazard or fault on the road that you consider is a danger to motorcyclists.
Download “Hazard Fault Report Form” Word Doc 60 kb
Download “Hazard Fault Report Form” pdf 70 kb
Report A Road Fault – Northern Ireland
You can report problems with roads to Transport NI through the nidirect government services website which now includes using an interactive map.
“Once the map has opened, you should: zoom in on the map to a level where you can accurately pinpoint the pothole’s location – if the pothole has already been reported, you can still add your name to the list of those reporting it by choosing ‘add’.”
You can track progress of the repairs, however with the caveat that the website says, “Please Note – Due to budgetary constraints you should be aware that Transport NI is currently only able to repair the highest priority defects on the busiest routes”
At the moment the map is a “Beta” service – the first version of a new service or web page.
The website includes a link to the online reporting form or you can write to the appropriate contact address listed or by telephone, email.
You can also report damaged manhole covers – debris on the road – mud on road – pothole in road – traffic signal not working and more – including spillages of oil, diesel and other substances of a hazardous nature .
Contaminates on the road are a significant danger for motorcyclists especially diesel spillages, our advice is to report these to the PSNI.
Outside of Northern Ireland – England – Scotland Wales – you can find the local authority responsible for potholes and damaged roads via a postcode search on GOV.UK – Click Here
For Road Spillage in England and Wales search – Click Here
Northern Ireland – Reporting A Problem With Potholes – Click Here
Northern Ireland – Reporting Problems With Your Roads And Streets – Click Here
Traffic Watch NI
The site provides traffic bulletins, roadworks reports, interactive map displays up-to-date traffic information and access to the images from some of the Transport NI traffic cameras.
Traffic Watch www.trafficwatchni.com
Transport NI Objectives
Three of the Transport NI key objectives have a direct effect on motorcycles:
- Maintain the road infrastructure to keep it safe, effective and reliable.
- Improve the road network.
- Manage the road network to promote its safe and efficient operation.
We say: road design and maintenance personnel must be educated about conditions posing hazards to motorcyclists.
Traffic Watch www.trafficwatchni.com
All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads!
Join this Facebook campaign and support the pursuit to have our local government sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads….we are talking about everything from potholes to farmers trailing mud all over the B-roads.
We pay our Road Tax just like everyone else and have the right to clean, safe roads!
Please feel free to send us any photos of the poor road conditions or post them yourself on the wall and we will make sure they go to the right place.
The Simple Science
Debris on the road can also cause a motorcycle to crash.
In addition, roadside furniture may add to a greater risk for motorcyclists:
- Potholes can cause motorcycle crashes.
- Paint can interfere with traction. A motorcycle’s traction can be seriously compromised by bituminous rubberized asphalt sealers which are used for crack repairs and plasticised adhesive pavement-marking tape.
- Diesel (and other liquid) spills can cause loss of traction and cause the rider to crash.
- Metallic manhole or service covers, cats eyes, road studs, markings, offer almost no traction, and are slippery when wet.
- Many roadside barriers designed to retain cars and reduce injuries to the occupants, can be fatal to motorcyclists in the case of a collision.
- Other roadside fixtures, such as signage, which may yield when struck by a car, can injure a motorcyclist.
- Current work-zone signage practices may not adequately address the safety needs of motorcyclists.
Roads Infrastructure – Virtual Research Library – Click Here
Making A Claim – Compensation Claims
If you are involved in an accident and believe that TransportNI is responsible, you can make a claim for compensation.
The link will take you to some answers of the most commonly asked questions that arise when making a claim against TransportNI.
TransportNI Claims Unit has its main office in Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast and a Branch Office in Orchard House, Foyle Street, Londonderry.Link Here for details and forms