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Riding abroad & Brexit !

An interesting article from Ride Magazine which was answered by White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors :


I have just come back from a ten-day riding break in Spain, which I can highly recommend – Malaga has some fantastic roads. But I have come home to a nasty souvenir, a €50 fine for speeding.
I have clearly been caught in a radar trap. I have heard so much conflicting information from different people that I am unsure what to do with it.
Lots of people have told me that I can simply ignore it, because the Spanish police cannot do anything within the UK jurisdiction. Other people have said pay it just to avoid any hassle – and my wife is convinced that if I ever set foot in mainland Europe again I will be carted off to jail if I don’t pay. Also, once we Brexit, will these fines have any impact at all? I am planning on going back to Andaiucia next year. Will Brexit make it more difficult?


Pay it! Now that I have told you to pay it, pay it as soon as practicable. You will not be locked up if you go to Spain but your wife has the right idea, albeit dramatically. It has entered biking folklore that you can simply ignore foreign tickets: you can’t; or at least you can’t ignore tickets issued in the European Union, while we remain in the EU.
By an EU-wide agreement a local fine, if unchallenged, becomes payable, if it isn’t paid, the fine is sent on to the local agency – in this case, the DVLA – which will deploy its enforcement officers, who are usually Magistrates’ Courts Officers. The longer that you leave it, the more steps are taken end in the worst case that I have seen, a €100 fine escalated up to just shy of £1000 – so pay your €50. On the positive side, no points go on your licence.
As to what happens after Brexit, I cannot tell you, A ‘crash-out’ will probably mean no fines, as they are enforceable under an EU treaty. While this may sound like you’ll be able to tear across Europe without worrying about fines, many European police forces have the power to seize a foreign vehicle for even minor traffic infringements and without a method of enforcing fines on a UK driver, they are more likely to use that power.
If we have a Brexit with a ‘run-off period, I would hope for at least a couple of years of things staying as they are with mutual recognition of licences and insurance and also, mutual recognition of fines. However, this is by no means certain. I really would not like to speculate how a no-deal Brexit would impact on motorcyclists traveling to the EU, but there is a pretty clear fall-back position; the 1968 Vienna Convention. Riding your own bike in Spain will certainly be possible under this, which was used before the EU and governs non-EU traffic in the EU. However, we might need separate insurance and potentially an international driving permit.
But the shape of any rules will be outside of the UK government’s power if there’s a crash-out Brexit; it will be up to the EU whether it accepts UK licences (it should as it’s currently a Euro licence); but I think insurance will require a Green Card for us in Europe (and for EU drivers coming to the UK). It will be more of a hassle to get to the EU by bike but it won’t be impossible. However, Germany and Portugal are not parties to the 1968 Convention, so I would avoid travel on your own bike there until things are clearer.
If things go horribly pear-shaped, we may be required to buy local insurance on some borders. This is what happens upon entering Morocco (a member of the 1968 Convention) if you do not have pre-existing cover for Morocco but it is not terribly expensive. How good the insurance is, I have never tested. One thing to ponder; my current insurance certificate insures me right across the EU including about four months post-Brexit so I am not sure if the insurers have actually considered the impact of a crash-out, or hard, Brexit.

Andrew Dalton

RiDE Magazine November 2018

Two days to go – BikeWise 2018 on Sunday 22nd July

Bikewise Countdown Poster (2 days)
The World Cup didn't come home, The Tall ships have sailed and the Sunderland Airshow is not on this weekend.......
BikeWise 2018 is on,  at the police HQ at Durham from 10am to 5pm THIS Sunday (22nd July).
Loads of attractions on site and the weather forecast is looking good.
FREE PARKING at County Hall for cars, onsite for motorcycles and a FREE Park & Ride to Police HQ from Sniperley Park & Ride

We ask for a £2 donation from adults and kids are free.
Come along Sunday and have a great day.
For further details please visit :

K9 team ready to give you a perfect ‘Paws Up’ display

Our K9 team are ready to let the four legged members of the Police Service, Police Dogs Kaizer, Kidi, Spike, Milly & Lottie show you their skils at BikeWise 2018.

The team will also be their with the Paws Up stand & Paws Up Bob.

Pop along and talk to the team about the role of Police Dogs in current day police service and of Paws Up in retirement.

KaizerPC Ian Squire will be bringing along his German Shepherd PD ‘Kaizer’ who will soon be retiring from service … as he’s ‘getting on a bit’ Kaizer will only perform at the end of the second display. So come along and say a farewell to this fantastic dog

Spike DogPc Alan Bates will be bringing along his German Shepherd PD ‘Spike’ who has previously performed at BikeWise.

kodi 2A first time visit to BikeWise for PD ‘Kodi’ who will be handled by PC Vicky Atkinson.

MilliyPD ‘Milly’ is a Springer Spaniel, an explosive trained dog and will be handled by Sgt Dave Bell.

LottieFinally we have PC Ian Squire’s drug dog, a Pointer, PD Lottie

The Triumph TR6 from the Great Escape film will be at BikeWise 2018

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Long time BikeWise supporter Dick Shepherd boasts an enviable collection of around 320 Triumph bikes that chart so much of the brand's incredible history. Dick makes the long trek North each year to Durham to let us see these ‘dream’ bikes.

This year Dick is bringing with him the motorcycle used for the famous jump in the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape which was finally restored late 2017

The Triumph TR6 Trophy took about two months to restore and 95% of the original parts have been retained.

Dick Shepherd, who restored it, said it is in "full working order".
McQueen rode the TR6 in the World War Two film but the famous 12ft barbed-wire fence jump was performed by stunt double, Bud Ekins.

After the film, the bike was sold to a farmer, who used it to herd cows, but it was then stored in a barn for decades.

Mr Shepherd bought it from a former farm worker, who inherited it after the farmer's death.
"The original front mud guard was completely rotten, which was a challenge to repair," Mr Shepherd said.

"We even managed to keep the original exhausts and rear tyre - two of the rarest parts - and we wanted to keep the dents on the bike from the filming for added authenticity."

He said the TR6 has been restored to the "exact specification" of 1962.

Get a good look at the bike on Sunday at Bikes 2018….no doubt Dick will also have some other special bikes for us to drool over.

Dave Coates ready to burn some rubber at BikeWise 2018


Once again our local Darlington based world record holder - Dave Coates will be performing at BikeWise 2018 on Sunday 22nd July.
The car park at the Police HQ is looking forward to having some burning rubber ‘deposited’ on it by Dave Smile
This is Dave's 23rd consecutive BikeWise ( and he still doesn't look a day older !!) - a fantastic achievement and we are now seeing second and third generations of families enjoying the skills that Dave shows on two (& four) wheels - long may it continue.
Dave will be performing a couple of shows during the day ( times to be finalized and published later on this site ) and he will be available at his van throughout the day for autograph's, photo's and any questions you might like to put to him...
Dave will be using a variety of Yamaha bikes at the show including the Yamaha MT10 , MT09, MT07 his quad & the beast of them all….his Yamaha 50cc moped !!

Dave has just been to CMC at Chesterfield at the weekend thrilling the crowds and will be raring to go at BikeWise 2018

Dave CoatesTo learn more about Dave, visit his website at :

What's happening at BikeWise 2018

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Show us yours…. @ BikeWise 2018

Custom & Classic image (land) (1)If you have a Classic or Custom bike then we would love to see it (& so would all the people who come to the show)

To ‘Show us Yours’ all you have to do is  bring it along to Police HQ on Sunday 22nd July (BikeWise Show) It’s free to enter, but you need to be on the site by 0930hrs as the site becomes pedestrianized shortly after that .

You won’t be able to take it off the site until the show ends (about 1700hrs) as the whole of the site is pedestrianized for the event and we cannot have motorcycles being ridden through the public !!

All you have to do to register your bike is turn up at the BikeWise Van which will be at the front of the HQ building. and the people at the van will register your entry.

There  are many different classes, with some lovely trophies to be won. So go on… share your pride & joy with us and lets see what ‘gems’ we have tucked away in the North East.

If you need further details then please ring 0191-3752136 and ask to speak to Gary Ward or Iain Rodgers OR email us at :

TT Legend John McGuinness will be at BikeWise 2018

JMC_Paton_Enclosure-817TT Legend John McGuinness will once again be at BikeWise 2018.

Sadly Johns injuries from last years crash at the NW200 meant he was unable to ride the Silver Machine (Norton) around the Island in a race however John did get to do a couple of display lap around the Island.

Speaking about his competitive return to the TT Mountain Course John McGuinness said:  “It’s been a hard road back from the North West 200 crash and I thought we were there heading into the TT but another set back just left us a few weeks short. I absolutely loved doing the two parade laps this year and the reaction I got from the fans was amazing. The next big target for me was always the Classic TT, and everything is going in to being fully fit and prepared for a proper return to racing."

He continued by saying:  “I’m buzzing about the whole thing really. I love the Classic TT atmosphere and I really enjoy working with Roger Winfield and his team and their Paton is a joy to ride around Mountain Circuit. I’m not going to make any predictions on how competitive we are going to be, but when I rode the Norton at the TT, the feeling was good and, above all else, I just want to be out there with the rest of the guys again, going as fast as we can and putting on a good show for the fans. If we get a result out of it then that will be a bonus on this occasion.”

  John(and his family) will be ‘trekking’ over to Durham from their family home in Morecambe to once again support the BikeWise event
John McGuinness has sponsorship links with local based Hitachi Construction Machinery Ltd (formerly HM Plant Ltd) & in particular CEO John Jones, who has maintained a close link with John for a number of years.
John has visited BikeWise many times and is a true motorcycle enthusiast as well as being a racing legend and it is a unique opportunity for you to meet one of the legends of motorcycling racing.

If you want to see what it's like to travel at an average of 132.701mph on a bike at the TT check out Johns video below : 

Next Meeting Of The BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 1st  July at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 10th  June at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 13th  May at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

Hartside 2018…. :-(

Some photos from Hartside after fire devastated it in February 2018.

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National Road Rally 2018

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Durham Custom & Classic Motorcycle Show


North East MAG in conjunction with Durham Markets are proud to bring you the first ever Durham Classic and Custom bike show.

The show will be held in and around The Market Place, Durham City and looks set to be a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
If you or anyone you know has a custom or classic motorcycle or scooter to show off then this is the place to bring it.

There will be awards for best machines with prizes up for grabs as well as lots to see and do on the day.

In addition, there will also be dedicated motorcycle parking and stalls selling a range of wares for bikers and non-bikers alike.
Set in the charming, intimate surroundings of the medieval city, this will be a welcoming and memorable day for all the family, even for those who don’t ride!

Teesside Track dates for 2018

First Mini Bike session at Teesside on Sunday :

Sunday 4th Feb

And then the calendar for the rest of the years Tuesdays nights :

Teesside Dates

A time to reflect as we approach Remembrance Sunday

Flanders FieldRemembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day.

It was first observed in 1919, however until 1945 it was called Armistice Day. Traditionally there is two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that was the time (in Britain) when the armistice became effective in 1918.
Today, in the UK Remembrance Sunday is also observed on the Sunday nearest to November 11th. So, in the United Kingdom, two minutes' silence is observed on November 11 itself, and on the second Sunday of November. Remembrance Sunday, ceremonies are held at War Memorials, all over the UK and over the years it has become a day to commemorate not just the sacrifice of servicemen and women but the suffering of civilians in times of war.

Remembrance Sunday is commemorated by church services around the UK and a parade of ex-service personnel in London’s Whitehall. Wreaths of poppies are placed on war memorials from the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, to the tiniest war memorials in villages all over Britain. Small wooden crosses are placed in Gardens of Remembrance as private acts of remembering individual losses and suffering and people pin poppies to their coat or jacket.

History states that it was the poem 'In Flanders Fields' written in 1915 by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer, that captured the imagination of the British people in the dark days of trench warfare on the Western Front when so many young soldiers failed to return. Six months before the Armistice, McCrae was brought on a stretcher to a big hospital on the French coast and saw the cliffs of Dover from his room. He died that night and was buried in a cemetery above Wimereux. Before he died, he said to the doctor: "Tell them this . . . If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep." An American woman, Miss Moina Michael, wrote a moving poem in reply and bought 25 red poppies, wearing one herself as a way to keep faith with the war dead; a French woman, Madame Guerin, came up with the practical idea of making and selling artificial poppies to help ex-service men and their dependents in need.

Britain's first Poppy Day was held in 1921 and the money raised helped children in war-devastated areas. The Royal British Legion opened its own poppy factory in London in 1922 to give practical help in time of need to all who have served in the armed forces and their widows and dependents. The paper poppies that are worn today are made by ex-service personnel and are sold by representatives of the Royal British Legion, an organisation of ex-servicemen and women. Today, they make more than 35 million poppies and 65,000 wreaths for the annual poppy appeal. Poppies grew in great abundance in the shell-torn fields of Flanders during the War. Because of its abundance it became the symbol of remembrance of two world wars.

Next Meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club


The next meeting of the BikeWise Mini Bike Club will be on :

Sunday 17rd  September at Carrville Park & Ride, Durham.

Usual start time of 1030hrs with signing on from 1000hrs.

If you can help to set up the track or take it down at the end it would be appreciated.
If anybody can marshal , see the girls at the signing on desk, sign the form and then well tell you what to do :-)

This event is being run by Gary Ward on his own (with approval from the ACU) as Bob, Mick, Stu & Tom & Ali are  all unavailable & he WILLL need help.