The changes to the Driving Licence rules which came into force on 19 January 2013 affect bikers who change their licence or pass a test after that date. Full details on the Motoring News page.
SHARP, the UK's Safety Helmet Assessment and Rating Programme, has published new ratings on 14 more helmets. If you're thinking of getting a new helmet, take a look at http://sharp.direct.gov.uk/. A total of 261 helmet tests are listed there. Two of the full-face helmets recently tested, the Marushin RS2 Carbon and the Nitro Evo Carbon FF, achieved the maximum 5-star rating.
Requirements for bike licences have changed, with the UK implementing European legislation intended to improve training and safety for new riders. The 3rd European Driving Licence Directive (3DLD) was passed by the European Parliament in December 2006. The main effect will be on younger riders and their ability to ride larger bikes. There's a PDF document prepared by the Motorcycle Industry Association summarising its requirements which you can download here.
The new rules, which came into force on 19 January 2013, will mean:
For full details about which bikes can be used on test and the access requirements for different categories of licence, follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/ride-motorcycle-moped
The Dept for Transport has issued a report entitled "Car Drivers' Attitudes and Visual Skills in Relation to Motorcyclists" which in spite of its title is an interesting read. Here's part of the introduction:
"Motorcyclists are grossly overrepresented in the crash statistics, but many collisions are actually caused by other road users. Previous research has suggested that poor attitudes (e.g. lack of empathy with motorcyclists) or perceptual problems (e.g. Look But Fail To See errors) may help explain why car drivers collide with motorcyclists."
The Belgian organisation ACEM, representing the European motorcycle industry, has published a set of cartoons on bike and scooter safety. Our hero is "Lucky 13", a biker with an unfortunate tendency to do the wrong thing in the wrong place and come to grief. Take a look at his adventures on the ACEM website at http://www.acem.eu/index.php/lucky-13/english.