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New moves to reduce motorcycle injuries and avoid town centre congestion have begun in towns and cities across the UK.
The changes involve mopeds, scooters and motorcyclists being able to use bus lanes. Some local authorities have made the plans permanent and others are still trialing the concept. The main idea behind the initiative is to reduce times taken to commute and prevent motorbike injuries.
Many authorities are saying that in order for the scheme to become permanent, there must be a marked improvement in reducing motorcycle injuries. Many also believe that there should not be an increase in speed while motorcyclists are using the lane.
City Councillors, MPs and local Motorcycle Action Groups have approved the scheme, but not all areas are taking part. If you would like to check your area you will need to log onto your local government website as many areas have not started a trial period yet.
The scheme was rolled out in Sussex at the beginning of May in the areas of Brighton and Telscombe. Here, it is part of an 18 month trial period and if it proves successful then bikers may be able to use these lanes on a more long-term basis.
Most towns and cities who are taking part are citing that motorcycles with side cars and 3 wheel motorbikes will not be permitted to use the lane.
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Published on 16th February 2015.