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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, visitwww.mcia.co.uk.
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
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.