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Nottinghamshire Police urge motorcyclists to prevent a serious accident this Easter by making full checks

Nottinghamshire Police is urging motorcyclists to ensure their bike has been fully checked over before heading out on the roads after dozen serious accidents were caused by mechanical failures.

Over the last ten years, there were 34 serious accidents where vehicle defects were identified.

The most common faults that caused the bikes to crash are categorised below in order of rank:

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Motorbike. (45814508)
  • Defective tyres - that are classed as tyres either illegal, defected or under inflated
  • Defective brakes
  • Defective lights or indicators
  • Defective steering or suspension
  • Defective or missing mirrors
  • Defective wheel sprocket

As a result, the Nottinghamshire force’s roads policing department is launching its Two-wheel campaign on April 5. It aims to encourage riders to check that all the mechanics of their bikes are in full working order before going anywhere.

The Easter bank holiday period coupled with warmer Spring weather is often the ideal time for motorcyclists to head out for long rides.

Nottinghamshire has some of the nation’s prominent A-roads undulating through fantastic scenery which provides a perfect network and backdrop for a journey on two-wheels.

However, it’s feared many riders will not have been using their motorbikes as frequently due to lockdown and some will be dusting them off for the first time in months.

Therefore, it is imperative riders check their vehicle and equipment to reduce their chances of collision.

Inspector Clare Gibson from Nottinghamshire’s serious collision unit said: “With the good weather returning and lighter nights we understand that motorcyclists will want to make the most if it and get back on the road. However, our advice to stay safe is to undertake the checks on their vehicles and ensure all documentation is up to date and accurate.

“We encourage riders to stick within the speed limits and be wary of other road users as they enjoy the local scenery on two wheels.

“We echo messages from our road safety partners Shiny Side Up Partnership and National Young Rider Forum and ask all motorcyclists not to ride out on a ‘wing and a prayer’ and prepare themselves and their machine to a have a safe and successful return to the road network.”

Fully maintained and serviced motorcycles fit for the road are a huge factor in preventing collisions and accidents.

The advice is to:

  • Check the tyres and pressures (consult the owner’s manual)
  • Ensure the chain is correct (not too loose or too tight)
  • Check the oil levels and filters
  • Make sure the lights are all working (brakes, indicators and head-lamps)

Vital to ensuring safety and reducing the impact on serious injury, all riders are advised to wear SHARP (Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme) approved protective helmets and clothing. All riders need to have the appropriate driving licence and bikes need to be fully insured and have the appropriate documents for MOT.

The messaging is in line with the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Two-wheel campaign.

For more information about motorbike safety visit: https://crowd.in/IF27A0

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