Issue – Fix A Road – Report A Fault! – On-line Report Survey!
It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
On-line Report Survey!
You can now fill in our On-line Report Survey 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 the Roads Service – see below for Roads Service 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 Roads Service.
You can also send pictures of the Road Hazard or Fault through the on-line form.
On-line Report Survey! – 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
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
You can report a road fault to the Roads Services through their website.
Fill in as many of the details as possible on the form to help Roads Services to accurately locate the problem.
Report damaged manhole covers – debris on the road – mud on road – pothole in road – traffic signal not working and more.
Diesel spillages are a significant danger for motorcyclists our advice is to report these to the PSNI.
Report A Road Fault – Roads Service Online
Report A Road Fault Click Here
Roads Services Offices Click Here
Roadworks Click Here
Traffic Watch www.trafficwatchni.com
Roads Service Objectives
Three of the Roads Service 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.
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.
Making A Claim
Mr G. Robinson: asked the Minister for Regional Development what processes his Department has in place to deal with compensation claims for damage to private vehicles caused during road repairs.
Minister for Regional Development: The process for dealing with compensation claims arising from damage to private vehicles caused during road repairs is the same for any claim arising from damage or injury on the road or footpath.
The claim should be submitted, preferably using the Department’s claim form, to the Department for Regional Development Central Claims Unit.
The Unit investigates the claim and notifies the claimant of the result of that investigation.
If the road repairs were carried out by a Contractor on behalf of the Department, it is likely the claim would be referred to that Contractor because the contract contains a clause indemnifying the Department against claims arising from the Contractor’s works.
This stage of the claim is the initial, informal and free of charge stage of the legal process for suing the Department for breach of statutory duty. If the claimant is aggrieved by the Department’s decision on the claim, that decision may be challenged in court through the next, formal, stage of the legal process.
Central Claims Unit (CCU) is responsible for processing all public liability and employers liability claims against the Department for Regional Development. It has its Head Office in Clarence Court, Adelaide Street, Belfast and a Branch Office in Orchard House, Foyle Street, Londonderry.