Devon and Cornwall Police introduce new scheme in a bid to reduce motorcycle fatalities
BIKERS IN DEVON and Cornwall have been invited by local Police to invest £20 on a motorbike health-check in a bid to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents on the region's roads.The initiative has been introduced after recent statistics revealed eleven motorcyclists died in the last year and 85 suffered serious injuries across the two counties.Riders can take their motorbike to get it checked out by a qualified mechanic for £20 at eight garages across Devon and Cornwall. It's believed the scheme in the first of its kind in the country. Pc Kevin Druce, a traffic officer based in Exeter, said: "We want bikers to feel safe and enjoy their bikes this summer and this is a great opportunity for them to get a safety check done to give them that peace of mind."The introduction of the scheme contradicts the belief most motorcycle accidents are primarily caused by rider or third-party driver error, rather than a lack of machine maintenance.Would you pay £20 for a 'health-check' on your machine?
*Update: Visordown spoke with Devon and Cornwall Police, who said the initiative was a preventative measure, rather than a direct response to the increase in accident rates involving motorcycles.
The force say they offer the same service to caravan owners, whose vehicles may have been laid up over the winter months.
Posted: 23/08/2010 at 09:03
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Posted: 23/08/2010 at 11:16
Didn't mean to sound harsh but for £20 they are only going to look at tyre tread, break pads, chain and sprockets etc, that eveyone realy should know how to do.
Posted: 23/08/2010 at 11:49
Posted: 23/08/2010 at 12:54
Bike defects must represent about .00001% of big bike fatality causes. £20 however, will come in very handy for the trade at present so what a good idea!
Sean Marshall - you are tarring all dealers with the same brush and that isn't fair. The ones that are still here during these times are worth dealing with. Remember, the boss is jailed as well as the mechanic for unsafe prep which ends in death. Repairs too. How much would you like to earn to take that risk eh? Put into context my accountant sending me details of the new minimum wage by age info, and guess what - I don't make it!
Posted: 23/08/2010 at 21:51
I can get my bike MOTd for £28. Why pay £20 (only £8 less) when you don't get the magic bit of paper at the end?
Posted: 24/08/2010 at 09:18
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