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Do you know your county’s speed camera thresholds?

Auto Express has recently released the findings of a recent study that they conducted into the speeds you must travel at in order to trigger a speed camera. The results are interesting and vary from county to county.

Auto Express sent a freedom of information requests to the UK’s 45 police forces to ask just how fast you must be travelling to be hit with a ticket from the cameras.

They claim that the majority of forces that responded advised that a camera would only activate when vehicles exceeded the speed limit by 10% + 2mph – 35mph on a 30mph road and 79mph on a motorway – which is in line with the Association of Chief of Police guidelines.

While this information may seem like a green light to get where you’re going more quickly, the report also reveals that not all forces use the scale and some forces declined to reveal the threshold at all.

So what are the thresholds?

Below is a list of some of the information that was gathered during the study!

 

Force                 Number of Cameras         Threshold

Avon and Somerset4110% + 2mph
Bedfordshire38Would not reveal the threshold
Cambridgeshire32Would not reveal the threshold
Cheshire1510% + 2mph
Cleveland410% + 2mph
Derbyshire1810% + 2mph
Devon and Cornwall9810% + 2mph
Durham0 fixed10% + 2mph
Essex63Don’t use a standard threshold
Greater Manchester235Would not reveal the threshold
Gwent2110% + 2mph
Hampshire3610% + 2mph
Hertfordshire53Would not reveal the threshold
Kent10910% + 2mph
Lancashire3410% + 3mph
Leicestershire3010% + 2mph
Merseyside1810% + 2mph
Metropolitan Police/TfL80510% + 3mph
Norfolk2610% + 2mph
North Wales2810% + 2mph
Northumbria5510% + 2mph
Nottinghamshire48Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
Police Service of Northern Ireland1210% + 2mph
Scotland173Refused to confirm if the threshold exists
South Wales13710% + 2mph
South Yorkshire2510% + 2mph
Staffordshire286Would not reveal the threshold
Suffolk410% + 2mph
Thames Valley29410% + 2mph
Warwickshire2810% + 2mph
West Mercia2310% + 2mph
West Midlands33Would not reveal the threshold
West Yorkshire40210% + 2mph

Can you trust your bike’s speedometer?

For the most part, yes. The modern bikes should always over-read the speed that you are travelling. For example, when travelling at an indicated 70mph on your bike, a GPS device would usually clock you at around 67mph.

Manufacturers are bound by legislation that means a vehicle’s speedo cannot underestimate the vehicles speed, most over-read by a few percents. Old vehicles may have much less accurate speedometers. It could be due to wear and tear, less accurate manufacturing methods or poor maintenance, all of which could add up to a speedo that wanders between speeds giving a very inaccurate reading.

If you need legal assistance in relation to a motorcycling offence, don’t forget to contact SorryMate by clicking here.

BSB Bad Luck for Team SorryMate

Bad luck comes in three’s for Team SorryMate

Team Sorrymate were looking forward to a positive weekend following on from previous races. Matt especially anticipated some strong lap times following his practise sessions however his weekend was unfortunately cut short during the opening stages of qualifying when a fellow competitor lost the front exiting turn one resulting in his bike shooting across the track leaving nowhere to go for Matt. This, unfortunately, left him with a broken ankle requiring surgery and an extended stay on the sidelines.

Kurt was additionally hit, but with the flu

Kurt additionally had a difficult weekend as he spent a vast majority of his energy battling with flu. But in keeping with his determined nature, he continued to soldier on completing practice within the top 5.  Although initially starting strong in qualifying, Kurt’s continuingly depleting energy saw him have to cut short the sessions resulting in a 9th finish.

The bad luck didn’t end here…

They say that bad things come in three’s, and Team SorryMate, unfortunately, experienced this first hand on race day when Kurt was caught out with the new minimum tyre pressure rule brought in by Pirelli resulting in a back of the grid start for Kurt.

Staying Positive

Despite this, he battled through the crowd and was able to bring the bike home in a very respectable 10th.  Team SorryMate are keeping their spirits high are already preparing for the next round. More for BSB news, click here. Altentaielt, follow SorryMate on Facebook by clicking here.

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Biker charity festival Bike4Life was a huge success

The Bike4Life festival is one of the biggest highlights on a Biker’s calendar and this year was no exception.

The festival makes a major impact on saving lives

The Bike4Life festival is an essential time for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. Raising large amounts of valuable funds for the charity, it’s a much-needed boost to help continue to save lives.

Bikers rode in the rain from all over the country to attend the ride out to show their support. In addition to this, celebrities such as Carl Fogarty MBE, Steve Parrish, Neil Hodgson, Dougie Lampkin MBE and charity ambassador, Mike Tindall MBE have all made an appearance.

The Bike4Life festival boasts a variety of fun things to do

Bikers followed a whopping 23-mile closed road from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford. From here bikers enjoyed the Bike4Life Festival. The festival itself has now rightfully earned its title as the largest motorbike gathering in the country.

The day encompassed a variety of activities. These ranged from live music, and demonstrations, activities for young children, as well as trade stands and exhibitions all tailored to the biking community. Of course, no festival is complete without food and drink and Bike4Life certainly delivered. Bikers enjoyed a variety of different food stands- with the firm favourite being the burger stand of course.

SorryMate continues to support Air-Ambulance Charities

SorryMate attended Bike4Life with their stall offering free legal advice to bikers in need of assistance. The air ambulance is a critical service to Bikers all over the UK. Unfortunately, Bikers have one of the biggest accident rates on the road. As a result, many bikers’ lives are dependant on organisations such as the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. SorryMate is proud to continuously actively promote air ambulance charities – which you can read about here.

Previous years have raised significant funds

Last year, the Bike4Life festival raised a whopping £87,000 for the Midlands Air Ambulance. This alone will fund an incredible 35 air ambulance missions across the entire region.

Jo Bailey, the events and area fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said that:

It’s a great event for bikers, but there’s a real family-friendly atmosphere for people who just want to come and support the charity. Tickets are just £5, or free for under 16s, and can be purchased online at bike4lifefest.com or on the day.”

For more information about the Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival- or for information on next year’s festival, click here.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, don’t hesitate to contact SorryMate today. You can do this by clicking here.

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New EU ISA vehicle regulations on DON’T apply to motorbikes

Speeding causes up to 30% of fatalities during road traffic accidents. As a result, the latest proposed changes to EU vehicle law will see ‘intelligent speed assistance’, also known as ISA, devices fitted to all new vehicles.

What is intelligent speed assistance?

ISA is a system which uses built-in road-sign recognition cameras and a GPS-linked speed limit database to alert drivers of their speed. The idea behind the system is to prevent drivers from exceeding the current speed system actively.  The technology looks extremely promising in terms of reducing speeding related-deaths. The vast majority of regulations of this nature aim to protect ‘vulnerable‘ road users, such as cyclists and bikers.

When will ISA be implemented?

Due to poor infrastructure, the new scheme will not be implemented any time soon. Currently, road-sign recognition cameras are not reliable. They often give incorrect readings. In addition to this, GPS speed databases are outdated. They are in dire need of reform. As a result, it isn’t likely that we will see any widespread application anytime soon.

Will the new regulations apply to motorcycles?

The short answer: No. Luckily, I if and when the new regulations come into force, they will only apply to vehicles of categories M, N and O. Motorbikes are category L.

If you’d like to read more motorcycle news, then check out our blogs for further updates. Alternatively, if you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident recently and would like to make a claim, contact SorryMate here.

 

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Cartagena track day goes wrong for Fergus Dalgarno

 

Their best thing about SorryMate is that every employee is a biker.

Well, there is, of course, one exception. Fergus Dalgarno will temporarily be taking a break from his motorcycle. This follows a disagreement with his bike on track at Cartagena.

Fergus’s managed to lock the car keys inside the hire car

The tale begins on Wednesday evening at 4.30 pm. Fergus arrived in Spain at Alicante. Arriving at the airport, Fergus picked up his bags and headed towards his hire car.

Fergus carefully placed his bags in the boot. Only after closing the boot did he realise that he had locked the keys inside. After returning to the hire company, who probably had a great laugh, he discovered that the spare keys are kept in Valencia. Fortunately, the hire company has ‘assistance’ available to come and help. The so-called assistance took over three hours later. When it did eventually arrive, after looking at the car and checking the door handles, they decided that there was nothing else which could be done. Fergus was still unable to get his belongings from the boot of the car and decided to head over to the hotel.

After hitting another vehicle, they headed to the hospital

Fergus was defeated, temporarily. However, that wasn’t going to stop him from getting on the track. So he devised a cunning plan. He decided to hire a second car out to make it to the track. After which he would drive up to Valencia to collect the keys for the first hire car.

He arrived at the hotel at 1 pm. After grabbing a good night’s sleep, he was up and ready at 6 am to hit the circuit. All fueled up with food, they jumped in the car and headed towards the track.

Just as they were heading around the corner, they hit a local driver. Long story short, two smashed up cars later, Fergus was on his way to the hospital.

After leaving the hospital, they drove around trying to find a new vehicle

Fergus left the hospital at 11 am. Luckily the hire company sent a taxi over to bring them back into Cartagena. The idea was that they would collect another new hire vehicle. However, after arriving, the company then decided it was best to obtain a different car in Murcia.

So the pair headed off down to Murcia. Fergus ended up making the 7-hour drive from Cartagena to Valencia, then to Alicante and back to Cartagena. He didn’t make it back to the hotel until 7 pm that evening.

He may have been down, but he wasn’t defeated

Finally, after a whirlwind of stress, Fergus managed to get himself booked in for the track day in the morning. The sun was shining, he was excited, and his bike was ready to go. Hitting the track with his instructor, he first did his sighting laps.

One lap down, Fergus was feeling great. That was of course until he dropped a gear too many. This caused the bike to lock up and throw Fergus off.

Fergus was recovered by ambulance

Fergus was recovered off the circuit by ambulance. He was taken straight to the medical centre. After demanding his leathers come off in one piece (ouch!), his ankle was put into a support wrapping. He was then promptly shipped off to the local hospital. After arriving at the hospital, the orthopaedic doctor grabbed his leg, crunching it back into place by leaning his body-weight against it.

Fergus took an early flight home. However, this was not before requiring blood thinners so that he could fly. He is now finally home and will be resting for the next six weeks. As a result, he will now be working from home in the meantime.

Here at SorryMate, we know more than any other solicitors that motorbike Crashes and accidents can happen. It’s even happened to our Fergus. If you’re involved in a crash on the road, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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Manchester Bike show 2019

SorryMate will be attending the Manchester Bike Show which is the North of England’s Premier Motorcycle Show.

What is the Manchester Bike show?

The Manchester Bike Show is a show hosted at Event City in Trafford. This year will be the show’s eight successful years since it’s started. The event will showcase brand new 2019 models from all the major manufacturers such as Suzuki, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, Triumph, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Benelli, CCM and of course, SorryMate will be there too!

What can I expect from the bike show?

Once inside the show, you will find a display of over 750 bikes from modern to street, hosted and sponsored by a variety of clubs and private individuals. There will also be Live entertainment, demonstrations and many fantastic guest appearances such as Carl Fogarty. In addition to this, there will be a large retail store on site for bikers so you can grab a bargain on leathers, helmets, accessories, parts and services.

Where can I find SorryMate at Manchester Bike show?

You can find us at Stand 133 located at the front entrance of the show. Make sure you pop over to grab your free SMIDSY card or alternatively you can order a card online here. So pop along, meet some of the SorryMate team and have a chat.

What dates will the event run on?

The event runs on the Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2019 from 9:30 am-5: 00 pm in Event City at Trafford.

How much is entry?

Advance PriceOn the Day Price
Adult£15.00£18.00
OAP (aged 65 and over)£12.00£15.00
Child (5-14)£5.00£5.00
Under 5sFreeFree
Family: 2 adults and 3 children (aged 5-14 years)£35.00£40.00

Will parking be available?

There are over 2,000 FREE parking spaces on site and 15,000 within walking distance. In addition to this, there is a free dedicated bike park directly outside the venue so no need to worry about attending on your motorcycle.

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Bike Tours for The Wounded

 

SorryMate‘s Liz and husband, Mik set off on a motorbike challenge to do America’s world-famous route 66 in order to help wounded service personnel.

What is Bike Tours for the Wounded?

Bike Tours for The Wounded, also known as BT4TW, is an organisation which provides the opportunity for the wounded, sick or injured a chance to experience the famous route 66 as a pillion. The amazing tour makes several stops at some of the most iconic attractions in America’s ‘Mother Road’.

Liz and Mik will first make a small detour

Liz and Mik will first be heading to Normandy next month for their first challenge. Following this will be their challenge in America in August. The couple will be doing it to support Bike Tours for the Wounded. Liz is looking forward to help in their own way.

Liz stated that: “The aim is to support individuals with their rehabilitation, through a unique programme, enabling them to ride pillion on motorcycle tours in the UK, Europe and the USA

The not-for-profit organisation aims to provide the opportunity for 52 servicemen

Bike Tours for The Wounded is an organisation which aims to offer funded places are offered to individuals from all ranks Each year. The organisation strive to provide the opportunity for 52 servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. They offer three different trips: D-Day sites at Normandy, Route 66 or an amazing tour of the Wild West.

Bike Tours for The Wounded relies heavily upon the numerous fundraising activities, and generous donations from the general public. The motorcycle trip has been proven to be extremely beneficial to those who have taken part in varying stages of their rehabilitation process.

Liz stated that “This is only possible because of supporters and volunteer riders. We’ll ride to Normandy on our own motorcycles, and then ride Route 66 with hired Harley Davidsons.”

SorryMate love to support multiple Bike charities

We absolutely love to support many different motorcycle charities and events. If you would like to read more about what we do, click here, to find our charitable updates.

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Free uninsured loss with SMIDSY and BeMoto

SorryMate andBeMoto Insurance to provide unrivalled service. With no broker fees if you wish to make changes to your policy mid-term, such as changing your bike or moving home.

It’s important to have insurance your vehicle. Bike accidents aren’t cheap. Insurance is really important to protect yourself against any loss if you are involved in an accident. Bikers understand more than anyone how stressful heavy bills are after an accident.

Get Free uninsured loss with BeMoto

SorryMate is offering FREE uninsured loss recovery when you buy BeMoto road insurance and quote “SMIDSY”. You can also receive up to 90 days EU cover per trip as standard and titanium cover for just £40 extra – which includes UK & EU RAC breakdown, £1.5k Helmet & Leathers and £20k Personal Accident cover.

In addition, you can benefit from discounts on other non-road insurance, including SORN and track day bike damage, plus a wide range of available products for you and your bike, as well as declared modification coverage for modifications.

 

To collect a quote from our experienced team, give us a call on 0808 1 642 160 or email bemoto@sorrymate.com.

 

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Surge of Potholes Affecting UK Roads

Roads across the country have once again been significantly impacted by the winter weather. The UK has seen a surge of potholes appearing more and more frequently.

The UK is said to be experiencing a pothole epidemic

Potholes are caused by a structural failure in the road surface. They are usually caused by water in the underlying soil structure, but they can also be caused by continuous traffic passing over the affected area.

Potholes are a major issue for bikers on the roads, especially for bikers and cyclists. Bikers will often risk being flung from their motorcycles by going over them, or risk being hit by swerving around them.

Figures show one in three vehicles are damaged by potholes

The AA recently released figures showing that one in three drivers has had their vehicle damaged by potholes. However, only one in five people reported the potholes.

Potholes can lead to damage to tyres and bodywork, but for motorcyclists, they can be potentially fatal. Bikers rarely consider putting in a claim against the council in respects to unkept road surfaces. As a result of this, many simply don’t try to reclaim the cost of the damage caused to their bike.

SorryMate can help you make a claim

Making a claim against local councils can be a daunting process. However, we can do all the work for you. SorryMate’s dedicated biking solicitors boast years of experience in dealing with motorbike accidents caused by potholes or other types of damage to the road.

If you have been involved in an accident caused by a pothole in the road and wish to make a claim then give us a call or submit a form by clicking here.

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SorryMate Endurance Team achieve success

It has been a  successful season for SorryMate’s Endurance Team. They secured the No Limits Racing ACU National Endurance 600 crown in a dominant campaign.

The team achieved a 43 point margin

Gaz Evans and Colin Norris, with notable contributions from Gary Johnson and Daniel Drayton, helped the team to achieve success. They achieved a comfortable 43-point margin at the top of the UK’s only National Endurance Championship.

The season opened up at Silverstone in March. The endurance team produced a solid second place finish. In spite of faltering in the following round at Brands Hatch by sliding to seventh.

SorryMate saw two excellent wins

The results following Brands Hatch proved to be the first and final time that SorryMate would miss out on a podium in 2017. The team responded with two excellent wins. In addition to this, it was on top of terrible weather conditions in May and July at Donington Park. The success didn’t stop here. The team also managed to take home second position at Anglesey Coastal. This allowed them to climb to the top of the championship standings.

And they refused to relinquish control of the competition having hit the front, registering the third win at Snetterton in between third-place finishes at Cadwell Park and Croft that saw Sorrymate seal the title with a race to spare.

The team celebrated in style

The team celebrated in style with another podium to cap off a sensational year and this was after claiming a haul of 176 points out of a possible 225 from the nine rounds.

We would like to congratulate the team on their hard work and efforts. Furthermore, A big thank you is due to the pit crew and their incredibly supportive family and friends who made the victory possible through their hard work and dedication.