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January – February 2015


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MCIA and police unite behind safety agenda

Industry association joins forces with ACPO to back biking

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) and

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have jointly

launched a new motorcycle safety and transport policy

framework. This policy document has been devised to

encourage greater use of motorcycles on UK roads, which it

is hoped will also improve road safety.

Though rider safety has improved considerably since

2000, motorcyclists are currently over-represented in

road fatality statistics (one per cent of traffic, 19 per

cent of fatalities). This could be reduced, given sufficient

government support, claims the MCIA. Police and industry

agree that traditional road safety policies directed at

motorcycling will only partially deliver improved safety,

whereas encouraging motorcycling has the potential to

contribute to better safety outcomes. Switching to two

wheels clearly helps solve the congestion problem too.

A Belgian study, which modelled a shift from cars to

motorcycles on one of the most congested roads in Europe,

found that when just 10 per cent of car drivers swapped to

a powered two-wheeler, congestion was reduced for all road

users by 40 per cent. When 25 per cent of drivers swapped,

congestion was eliminated altogether.

The idea that more motorcycles on the road improves

rider safety was initially based on European data, which

shows that when a greater percentage of traffic is made up of

motorcycles, mopeds or scooters, riders are less likely to be

involved in accidents. What’s more, there is a growing body

of evidence showing that people who begin their road careers

on a two-wheeler become safer drivers.

The policy document makes a long list of

recommendations; for more information, visit

Charging network upgrades announced

Government to tackle ‘range anxiety’ by installing more charge-points

The government has set out its aim to install enough charge-

points, within the next five years, to ensure that electric

vehicle users are no more than 20 miles from a charge-point

wherever they are on the UK’s trunk roads. Currently there

are 8,500 charge-points installed at nearly 3,000 locations

across the UK, 750 of which are rapid chargers.

An investment of £15m by the Highways Agency

will expand the existing charge-point network. Wherever

feasible, these will be rapid chargers, capable of charging an

electric vehicle to 80 per cent of capacity in less than 30

minutes. This investment is expected to add thousands of

new charge-points.

Alex Michaelides, a spokesperson for the Go Ultra Low

campaign, said: “We know from our research that ‘range

anxiety’ is one of the major concerns electric vehicle users

have when considering an ultra-low emission vehicle. The

news that you’ll never be more than 20 miles from a charge-

point means that this worry will no longer be a factor.”

New man at MAG

High-end parts importer appoints H-D specialist general


Martin Szlagowski, a leading Harley-Davidson expert, has joined MAG Europe as its

new general manager. With immediate effect, Szlagowski will oversee MAG Europe’s

continued growth as the UK’s largest distributor of V-Twin aftermarket products,

including industry-leading brands Vance & Hines, Küryakyn, Performance Machine,

Roland Sands Design, Mustang Seats, Seats, Progressive Suspension and Burly Brand.

Having spent the past 25 years with Warr’s, Europe’s oldest Harley-Davidson

dealership, Szlagowski has a wealth of experience both on and off the track including

success with running Warr’s Race Team alongside former MotoGP rider Jeremy


“I am very happy to be joining such an established and well known company with

a portfolio of fantastic brands and look forward to the road ahead,” said Szlagowski.