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Paul ‘graduates’ from Mini Bike to the road

Paul HenshawPaul Henshaw, a member of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club has now taken to the roads.

Paul, went to ACE Motorcycling Training in Finchale Road, Durham where director Jim Rimmer, presented him with a trophy / ACE scholarship  in recognition of his attendance/commitment to the club.

Paul spent the full day, with instructor Steve Laung, at ACE doing his CBT which validates his driving licence and then allows him to ride a  bike on the road.

Paul from Seaham, is a regular pillion passenger on his father, Mick’s motorcycle and is the second member of the club to progress onto the road on two wheels, following on from Dale Clement who was given the first ACE Scholarship in June 2012.


Seen in the photo are L to R : Bob Brown, PC John Bowman, Paul Henshaw & Jim Rimmer.


BikeWise Mini Bike Club is run under ACU guidelines and further details of the club can be found at their website at : www.bikewise-minibikeclub.co.uk

Support our local BikeWise Mini Bike Club riders

The 3rd round of the Scottish Mini Bike Championship is to be to be held at Karting NE, Warden Law on Sunday 10th June 2012.

Many of our local BikeWise Mini Bike Club riders will be racing in this meeting which we have been able to bring down to England with the support of the Durham Agency Against Crime and its Scottish promoter Alan McIntosh of Polini UK.

Practice starts at 1300hrs with racing continuing till about 1730hrs. Karting NE was recently taken over by international rally driver Guy Wilkes and the facility has been undergoing a lot of improvements including tarmac car parking and a new cafe… so there is plenty of parking and opportunity to get a hot or cold drink and something to snack on whilst watching the racing (and that is as good as watching Moto GP, WSB, BSB all put together).

 

Come along and support our local BikeWise Mini Bike Club members as they compete against their Scottish counterparts – you might be watching one of the stars of tomorrow racing in their early years

Admission is Free  (why not finish your days ride up at the circuit) – 1300hrs – 1730hrs

Tarmac parking & cafe on site – racing all afternoon

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The next meetings of the mini bike club prior to the championship are at Carrville this Sunday (3rd) and Karting NE on Tuesday 5th – further details at http://www.bikewiseminibikeclub.org.uk/

Photo’s online from the latest meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

BWMBC-Chairmans AwardPhoto’s are now online from the latest meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club which was held outdoor at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham on Sunday 13th May .

As always, ‘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.

Next opportunity to ride a mini moto is at PPIK, Leeds on the evening of Sunday 27th May. For further details please click on the link :  (http://www.ppik.net/mini-moto/leeds)

Karting N E at Warden Law will host their next mini bike session on Monday 28th May 2012 from 5pm – 8pm. Cost of these sessions (which are not run by the mini bike club or under ACU Rules/regs) are £15.

BikeWise Mini Bike Club members will receive a £3 discount on this price on production of their ACU licence when signing on at Karting NE.

Picture above shows club members with the Durham County Council Chairman's medal

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

Date for your diary : Sunday 10th June : Scottish Mini Bike Championship, Round 3, at Karting NE at Warden |Law

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D.A.M good….

Bill Todd
Bill Todd

Mike Fleming
Mike Fleming

Kyle Harris
Kyle Harris

Dave Myers
Dave Myers

Congratulations to Bill Todd, Mike Fleming, Kyle Harris & Dave Myers who have passed their IAM Tests this year.

(Bill, Mike & Dave had completed a days BikeWise Training prior to joining the Durham Advanced Motorcyclists)

Congratulations to their observers : Paul Taylor, Richard Clement & Steve Laverick who helped them to achieve the standard required for the test.

All four were examined by our local IAM Examiner (and BikeWise Training Instructor), Bob Brown.

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club

MBCThe next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on Sunday 13th May 2012 at Carrville Park & Ride at Durham

(See Where we Meet on the website for location)

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

If there is any doubt about the weather conditions (Rain/Wet) then please check the Mini Bike Club homepage where a notification will be posted before 0915hrs if the meeting has to be cancelled on safety grounds

Karting NE will be hosting their next Mini Bike session on Monday 14th May (5pm – 8pm) at their Warden Law site

The Manor Cafe : Charity Event : 20th May

Manor Cafe

To get directions to the cafe please CLICK HERE

or ring : 07918 614601

No Insurance for Texting Drivers

TextingDrivingAN INCREASING number of insurance companies are refusing to insure drivers who have been caught using a mobile phone at the wheel.

According to an AA survey of eight major insurers, half of them would not quote anyone who has been given three points for the CU80 offence, while the other half would raise their premium by 20%.

Spokesman Ian Crowder said: ‘Insurers are taking mobile phone offences very seriously. Their opinion is a motorist might break a 30mph speed limit without noticing but no one sends a text message, email or makes a phone call behind the wheel by accident.

‘It might seem severe but when operating a mobile phone you don’t have both hands on the steering wheel, you aren’t looking fully at the road and can’t change gears safely.’

More than 170,000 motorists a year in England and Wales are caught using their phones while driving.

Car insurers are refusing to cover motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel – even first-time offenders.

Auto Express magazine has found that some insurers will increase policy prices for offenders even more. A spokesman for Adrian Flux said: “Rises would vary from insurer to insurer, but could be anywhere from 15 per cent to 50 per cent or even a refusal.”

This tough stance extends to other offences, too. The table (below) spells out the AA’s findings, and as you can see, even a minor speeding violation – an SP30 – will send premiums soaring.

Seven of the eight cover providers contacted by the AA admitted that would be enough for a premium rise, and one wouldn’t even offer a quote.

Research suggests that premium hikes for speeders can be far higher than even the 9.3 per cent quoted by the AA.

A spokesman for LV said: “Typically, if a new customer had a speeding conviction in the last year, then their premium could rise by 10-20 per cent.”

The news will surprise many drivers, as traditionally insurers have opted not to penalise those with three points on their licence. A similar AA survey in 2009 found that 50 per cent of insurers would overlook a minor speeding offence.

When companies where asked why motorists’ premiums are now being hiked for this. An AA spokeswoman explained: “When speed cameras were first introduced, everyone was getting caught and insurers took a more lenient view, but now motorists are used to cameras, insurers won’t ignore three points.”

Direct Line said it was down to stats, with a spokesman adding: “Drivers with motoring convictions are 40 per cent more likely to claim than those with no convictions.”

An Association of British Insurers (ABI) spokesman said providers were hardening their view. “With the rising costs of claims, insurers hike premiums even in response to a motorist’s first three points,” he explained.

When asked why motorists caught using their phone at the wheel were penalised more harshly than speeders, even though three points are dished out for both offences. An AA spokesman said: “Anecdotal evidence suggests motorists caught using a mobile are twice as likely to make a claim than with other offences.”

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, added: “Using a mobile phone while driving is a deliberate act. Many drivers may accidentally drift over a 30mph limit without realising. But no one accidentally makes or answers a call or text.”

How convicted drivers are being hit in pocket

The AA obtained quotes from eight unnamed insurers on its panel to see the effect of different offences on premiums. It based the figures on a 40-year-old man driving a Ford Mondeo.

Offence assumptions:

SP30 (speeding) – three points and £60 fine

CU80 (handheld phone) – three points and £60 fine

CD10 (careless driving) – six points and £100 fine

Insurer 

Clean

1 x SP30 (3pts)

2 x SP30 (6pts)

1 x CU80 (3pts)

1 x CD10 (6pts)

A

£298.15

£332.73

No quote

No quote

No quote

B

£312.79

£344.07

No quote

No quote

No quote

C

£331.33

£366.2

£398.92

£376.72

£423.44

D

£378.2

£395.98

£509.06

£499.22

£504.52

E

£391.5

£441.22

£491.33

No quote

No quote

F

£491.28 

£508.63

£532.55

£563.99

£588.55

G

£434.17

£466.73

£494.95

£495.39

£505.81

H

£434.44

No quote

No quote

No quote

No quote

Avg increase   9.3% 23.6% 18.5% 24.4%

No Insurance for Texting Drivers

TextingDrivingAN INCREASING number of insurance companies are refusing to insure drivers who have been caught using a mobile phone at the wheel.

According to an AA survey of eight major insurers, half of them would not quote anyone who has been given three points for the CU80 offence, while the other half would raise their premium by 20%.

Spokesman Ian Crowder said: ‘Insurers are taking mobile phone offences very seriously. Their opinion is a motorist might break a 30mph speed limit without noticing but no one sends a text message, email or makes a phone call behind the wheel by accident.

‘It might seem severe but when operating a mobile phone you don’t have both hands on the steering wheel, you aren’t looking fully at the road and can’t change gears safely.’

 

More than 170,000 motorists a year in England and Wales are caught using their phones while driving.

Car insurers are refusing to cover motorists caught using a mobile phone at the wheel – even first-time offenders.

Auto Express magazine has found that some insurers will increase policy prices for offenders even more. A spokesman for Adrian Flux said: “Rises would vary from insurer to insurer, but could be anywhere from 15 per cent to 50 per cent or even a refusal.”

This tough stance extends to other offences, too. The table (below) spells out the AA’s findings, and as you can see, even a minor speeding violation – an SP30 – will send premiums soaring.

Seven of the eight cover providers contacted by the AA admitted that would be enough for a premium rise, and one wouldn’t even offer a quote.

Research suggests that premium hikes for speeders can be far higher than even the 9.3 per cent quoted by the AA.

A spokesman for LV said: “Typically, if a new customer had a speeding conviction in the last year, then their premium could rise by 10-20 per cent.”

The news will surprise many drivers, as traditionally insurers have opted not to penalise those with three points on their licence. A similar AA survey in 2009 found that 50 per cent of insurers would overlook a minor speeding offence.

When companies where asked why motorists’ premiums are now being hiked for this. An AA spokeswoman explained: “When speed cameras were first introduced, everyone was getting caught and insurers took a more lenient view, but now motorists are used to cameras, insurers won’t ignore three points.”

Direct Line said it was down to stats, with a spokesman adding: “Drivers with motoring convictions are 40 per cent more likely to claim than those with no convictions.”

An Association of British Insurers (ABI) spokesman said providers were hardening their view. “With the rising costs of claims, insurers hike premiums even in response to a motorist’s first three points,” he explained.

When asked why motorists caught using their phone at the wheel were penalised more harshly than speeders, even though three points are dished out for both offences. An AA spokesman said: “Anecdotal evidence suggests motorists caught using a mobile are twice as likely to make a claim than with other offences.”

Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, added: “Using a mobile phone while driving is a deliberate act. Many drivers may accidentally drift over a 30mph limit without realising. But no one accidentally makes or answers a call or text.”

How convicted drivers are being hit in pocket

The AA obtained quotes from eight unnamed insurers on its panel to see the effect of different offences on premiums. It based the figures on a 40-year-old man driving a Ford Mondeo.

Offence assumptions:

SP30 (speeding) – three points and £60 fine

CU80 (handheld phone) – three points and £60 fine

CD10 (careless driving) – six points and £100 fine

Insurer 

Clean

1 x SP30 (3pts)

2 x SP30 (6pts)

1 x CU80 (3pts)

1 x CD10 (6pts)

A

£298.15

£332.73

No quote

No quote

No quote

B

£312.79

£344.07

No quote

No quote

No quote

C

£331.33

£366.2

£398.92

£376.72

£423.44

D

£378.2

£395.98

£509.06

£499.22

£504.52

E

£391.5

£441.22

£491.33

No quote

No quote

F

£491.28 

£508.63

£532.55

£563.99

£588.55

G

£434.17

£466.73

£494.95

£495.39

£505.81

H

£434.44

No quote

No quote

No quote

No quote

Avg increase   9.3% 23.6% 18.5% 24.4%

Bike cop’s UK tour aids Royal Marines

BikeplaqueThe force has given its support to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund by donating a Durham Constabulary crest plaque to the cause.


Grampian PC Mark Robinson appealed to all UK forces on behalf of the trust to supply a plaque to be auctioned for the charity which supports serving and retired Royal Marines and their dependents.

While undertaking a 10-day solo motorbike ride he called at Aykley Heads where Durham motorcycle Sergeant Iain Rodgers presented him with the plaque.

During his mission, PC Robinson travelled more than 3,000 miles, visiting forces across the UK. He ended his journey at New Scotland Yard where he was met by TV presenter Lorraine Kelly (charity ambassador) and representatives of the COMMANDO999 charity.


Further information about the event can be found on the COMMANDO999 website.

Donations can be made at : bmycharity.com/GOINGTHEEXTRAMILE2012 link.

BikeWise Trained……

 

BikeWise Training4

Adam Lowe
Adam Lowe

Brian Walls
Brian Walls

Craig Cummings
Craig Cummings

Dale Clement
Dale Clement

Dave Hardy
Dave Hardy

David Harland
David Harland

Eric Burn
Eric Burn

Jerry Wilson
Jerry Wilson

Mark Hancill
Mark Hancill

Scott Gaunt
Scott Gaunt

Tony McAndrew
Tony McAndrew

Congratulations to Adam Lowe, Brian Walls, Craig Cummings, Dale Clement, Dave Hardy, David Harland, Eric Burn, Jerry Wilson, Mark Hancill, Scott Gaunt & Tony McAndrew who have been out with Mick & Bob during the last few weeks and completed a days BikeWise Training.

For further details about BikeWise Training please Click Here & to read what the riders thought of their Training Day, please Click Here

BikeWise Mini Bike Club awarded the DCC Chairman's Medal

BikeWise Mini Bike Club has been presented with the Durham County Council Chairman's Medal.

The Chairman's Medal is the council's highest honour. It is presented to individuals, groups and organisations throughout County Durham to recognise significant achievement and outstanding effort in all walks of life.
The very first Chairman’s Medal was presented to Durham County Cricket Club in recognition of their success in winning the prestigious ‘Friends Provident Trophy’ in 2007.
Since then the medal has been presented to numerous organisations and people from all walks of life.

The award, for Motorcycle & Road Safety in County Durham, was presented by The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Dennis Morgan and was received on behalf of the club by Dale Clement who has been a member of the club since it’s formation in April of 2007.

Dale is a perfect example of what the clubs aspirations where, when it was formed.

He has attended virtually every meeting of the club with his grandfather Dave (who helps to marshal the meetings) and has subsequently on reaching 16yrs obtained his first driving licence and took to the roads on his moped after first completing his CBT via an ACE Scholarship (Provided by Jim Rimmer of ACE Motorcycle Training). Dale has travelled to and from college on his bike and now that he is 17yrs has gone on after further instruction at ACE, to pass his full motorcycle test and now rides a Honda 400cc motorcycle.

Dale recently completed a day’s post test training on our own BikeWise Training and as a result will soon progress to take his Institute of Advanced Motorists test with DAM in the near future.

BikeWise intends to ‘sponsor’ Dale and future members of the club who take to the roads on two wheels to help them achieve the IAM standard which will give them the skills / knowledge to be safe riders for the rest of their lives.

The photo shows Dale with Councillor Morgan and others from the club who all attend voluntarily to help run it.

Back Row – John Bowman, Donald Waller & Stuart Williamson

Middle Row – Bob Brown, Dale Clement, Councillor Dennis Morgan & Iain Rodgers

Front Row – Joan Davison, Dave Clement & Gary Ward

For further details of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club, Please CLICK HERE