TfL motorcycle road safety campaign

Transport for London has launched a road safety campaign for motorcyclists.

Have a look at their website for more details; you never know, there may be something there that you can take advantage of, especially if you are a rider in London.



Motorcycle campaign tells of ‘Mike’s last ride’

A ROAD policing inspector who tragically lost his father in a motorbike collision has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of riding whilst tired.

Insp Dave Mangan from Lancashire Constabulary has created a short film about his father Mike’s last ride which will be shown to bikers across the county as well as in Cumbria, North Yorkshire, Avon, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall.

Mike Mangan, 72, from Bolton, sadly died on 11 September 2013 in Wheddon Cross, Somerset, when he was involved in a collision with an oncoming vehicle whilst overtaking. Mike, a retired electrical engineer, was on the last ten miles of a 320 mile journey and his family believes that tiredness was a contributory factor in his death.


One in five drivers is over 65

There are now more than seven million drivers over the age of 65 on the UK’s roads, according to road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).The number of drivers over 65 reached 7,191,192 in November 2013.  This makes up for 19 per cent of all drivers with full driving licences.  The figures come from driving licence data published by the DVLA in December 2013.1 They also show that:

  • There are 4,068,498 drivers over the age of 70.
  • There are 1,101,779 drivers over the age of 80.
  • 195 drivers are over 100 years old


New 45 points record for driver

A man from Liverpool accumulated 45 licence penalty points in November, according to figures released by the DVLAfollowing an IAM freedom of information request.  The points were all for failing to disclose the identity of the driver or exceeding statutory speed limit on a public road, between 01 October 2012 and 20 June 2013.   This beats the previous record of 42 points.

The second-highest points total, 36, went to a man from Warrington, Cheshire, who was caught driving without insurance six times in less than two weeks, between 20 February and 2 March 2012.