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DSA announces new motorcycle licence regime for 2013

L PlateDetails of a new motorcycle licence regime to be implemented next year have been confirmed by the Driving Standards Agency. 

The new rules will limit all riders under 19 to 125cc machines and under-21s to 47bhp.

Those aged 17-19 will only be able to gain a licence for a machine up to 125cc and 15bhp by taking a test on a bike of similar spec.

At 19 they can qualify for a bike up to 47bhp by doing another test or undertaking additional training. This must be done on a machine over 395cc and between 33bhp and 47bhp.

They then face a further two-year wait – and yet another test or further training - before they can qualify to ride a bike of any power.

Alternatively, people over 24 can take a single Direct Access test to immediately qualify for bikes of any power. This test must be taken on a machine of at least 595cc and 54bhp.

Each step-up in power will involve a further test or training. A DSA release said:  ‘The feasibility of the training option is currently being looked into; a final decision is yet to be made.’

The new regime is due to be implemented from January 19 next year.

It means 17-year-olds will face three exams or training sessions over a minimum of four years before they can ride an unlimited bike.

Ministers to 'push back' against EU legislations

Mike Penning MPMIKE PENNING MP, Under-Secretary of State for Transport, has said that Ministers will fight against the EUs move to impose anti-biking legislations.
The EU want to introduce new technical regulations to motorcycles that could see ABS become standard on all bikes above 125cc and measures that would prevent owners from tuning their bikes.
In an interview with BMF magazine, Motorcycle Rider, Penning gave his view on some of the legislation suggestions raised by the European Parliament: "I don’t think they are hugely beneficial to any of us and I have permission from the Prime Minister to push back as strongly as possible on them.
"The European Parliament has no power to legislate and, if for some reason, legislation did come through to Ministers, we will vote against it if necessary."
Mike Penning, who is a motorcyclist himself having first started riding as an Army despatch rider and currently owns a Ducati Monster and a Royal Enfield, added: "At this time this just is a suggestion from the Commissioner. The way it works in Europe is that the bureaucrats decide the policy and then the politicians vote on it, which is exactly the opposite of what happens here. But I can assure you we will push back on it."

Photo’s now online from the latest Mini Bike Club meeting

Photo’s are now online from the latest meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club which was held at our new indoor venue at QC Space, Peterlee on Saturday 14th January .

Lots of new riding equipment being worn by our riders as a result of Xmas and James Alderson also brought along his HM Plant Metrakit for us to see.

Metrakit 2 James Alderson Metrakit 1

We were short of staff on Saturday so, ‘Many Thanks’ to all who helped build (and take down) the track, for signing riders on and marshalling throughout the day – your help and support is greatly appreciated as we couldn't run the events without you.

The date of our next meeting is Saturday 4th February, although there is potentially a mini bike session at PPIK, Leeds on the 29th January. (for further info on this, please contact PPIK : 0845 126 0613)

To view the pictures of the indoor meeting, please CLICK HERE and then click on the relevant thumbnail image.

BikeWise 2012 : Sunday 1st July

BIkeWise01072012The 18th annual BikeWise Show

will be held on Sunday 1st July 2012 at Police HQ, Aykley Heads, Durham.

This years Olympic Games have caused problems in the finalising of a date for the show, however it’s now sorted, so put the date in your diary and get yourself ready for the annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Police HQ for BikeWise 2012. Remember to tell your friends and family also.

Local world record stunt rider Dave Coates is already confirmed as attending and you will soon be able to keep up to date with BikeWise 2012 updates via the website which will be updated in the next couple of weeks to reflect BikeWise 2012

Register online for the 2012 BikeWise Easter Egg Run

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Well it’s 2012 and a Happy New Year from the BikeWise team.

What better way to start your motorcycling ‘new year’ than to ride out with a group of like minded people at the BikeWise Easter Egg Run which will be held on Sunday 8th April.

We’re trying to encourage people to ‘register online’ (CLICK HERE), it’s free to do so and doesn't mean that you have to attend – what it does do is give us , the BikeWise ‘team,’ a ‘heads up’ of how many bikes we could have and let’s us plan accordingly.

We also can then also forward you any subsequent info about the ride and any other ‘BikeWise News’ via email.

To read more about the 2012 Egg Run : Please Click Here

Whilst on the site why not download a 2012 poster and share it with friends.

So please take a couple of minute’s to register online and forward this news item onto your friends.

Next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Saturday 14th January 2012 at QC Space, Peterlee. (See Where we Meet on the website for location)

Signing on at 1000hrs for a 1030hrs safety brief/start

Please note that we cannot train new members at this indoor venue due to restrictions on space but you are more than welcome to come along and watch. As soon as we get outdoors again at Carville (March/April time) we will be able to train new members to ride

See you all on SATURDAY

Teesside Bikers

TeessidebikersTeesside Bikers meet every Tuesday night from 1800hrs onwards at :

The Pit Stop Diner, Bowesfield Lane, Stockton-on-Tees. TS18 3HJ

For further info contact Lee on : 07802251502   (01642 653 460)