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Number plate theft and cloning on the rise

Number plate theft and cloning of plates is on the rise, resulting in riders receiving speeding and parking fines and unpaid toll notices.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council says number plate theft can also be used to commit crimes such as petrol theft, robberies, house break-ins and drug trafficking.

Police are also reporting an increased detection of cloned plates with offenders using vehicle sales websites to find a vehicle matching their bike or a stolen vehicle.

Offenders are even cloning the number plates on laminated paper.

Cloning plate scam not new

Police and transport departments in several states say the cloning plate scam is not new, but are unable to supply statistics for speeding fines waived or offenders who can be charged with both criminal and traffic offences.Fixed speed camera Victoria - fines suspended virus plate scam

Police say motorists wrongly fined would need to provide photographic evidence to prove the vehicle in the speeding offence photo was not theirs.

It is recommended that private sellers blur their number plates when they advertise their vehicle online.

In Victoria, Victoria Police, VicRoads, Department of Justice and Regulation, Fines Victoria, the Crime Statistics Agency and the NMVTRC are investigating the misuse and theft of number plates.

The NMVTRC says about a third of all stolen plates are taken from vehicles parked on the street and 10% were from vehicles parked in a car park.

About 85% are stolen from metropolitan areas.

Unpaid tolls

The scammers have also been using tollways with the video recognition fee going to the registered owners of the plate.

Last year we reported on Kingaroy rider Paulette Devlin who copped a $10.78 fee for an unpaid $2.28 motorway toll when her Kawasaki Ninja 250 was parked in her garage more than 200km away.

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Tollway photo of Paulette’s plate on another bike

She bought the Ninja in July 2017 through Gumtree.

We contacted Queensland tollway company Linkt who confirmed they had waived Paulette’s toll.

Linkt is owned by Transurban which also owns CityLink in Melbourne and six tollways in Sydney.

(Click here to find why tunnels are the top traps for speeding fines.)

In fact, they also waived a second unpaid toll after they found the same number plate had been used on a different bike.

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Second tollway photo (they take two photos, one from in front and one behind)

They confirmed that “some people who complain regarding this are being investigated”.

Linkt would not reveal how many are being investigated.

Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable to this plate scam where tollways use video pate recognition for motorcycles instead of a transponder.

Riders should check their next toll statement to ensure that all toll fees are legitimate.

If you find an incorrect charge, email the Transurban customer resolution team at: resolve@transurban.com

Do not simply fail to pay the fee as the charges will rise even more.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Ducati Panigale V4R joins Abu Dhabi cops

If you plan on speeding in Abu Dhabi, you better be riding something special.

Abu Dhabi police department has just added eight Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycles to its already impressive fleet of supercars that include a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador.

They need the high-speed bike, too, because many in the rich United Arab Emirates own supercars and exotic motorcycles.

And the speed limits are high. Abu Dhabi last year set its highest speed limit of 160km/h on the new four-lane highway running into the capital.

Abu Dhabi
160km/h highway

They set the speed cameras at 161km/h, rather than the 20km/h buffer elsewhere, but rich drivers don’t care about copping fines as they can afford them.

Fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h are only about $A400.

Mind you, speeding by more than 60km/h attracts 12 “black points” (demerit points) and your licence is confiscated for 30 days. If you accumulate 24 points, you lose your licence for three months.

Click here for the world’s most expensive speeding fines.

Abu Dhabi fleet

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Abu Dhabi patrol cars

The Abu Dhabi police department has had some exotic high-speed pursuit vehicles over the years  to catch super-speedsters.

They include: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8 hybrid sports car, Brabus 700, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Lykan HyperSport, Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche Panamera.

Now they have added the Ducati to not only pursue at high speed, but split through traffic snarls.

And not just your run-of-the-mill 214hp V4, either.

No, they have gone for the 10kg lighter V4R with 221hp (165kW).

Ducati Panigale V4R Abu Dhabi
Ducati Panigale V4R

It also features racing carbon-fibre winglets, electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension, dry clutch, adjustable swingarm, up/down quickshift, wheelie and slide control, etc.

If you fancy your chances getting away from that, good luck!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Female rider dies in stop sign crash

A 54-year-old female rider has died after being hit by a car allegedly turning on to the Kennedy Highway from Malone Road, Mareeba, through a stop sign about 8am today (2 December 2019).

Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal traffic crash, but the Google Maps image above shows a stop sign at the end of Malone Rd.

The female rider was taken to Mareeba Hospital in a critical condition where she later died.

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

The 63-year-old female driver of the car suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.

The Kennedy Highway will be closed later today to allow officers from the Forensic Crash Unit to continue investigations.

There is no word yet from police on any charges. We also don’t know whether the rider was turning or indicating.

Motorists are advised to take extra care when travelling through the area and to allow extra travel time.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Ride like you’re invisible

The accident is a sobering reminder that we can be in the right and still be dead.

We have to ride as if no other motorist can see us. Asa if we are invisible.

It can be worse than Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You … it can be a case of Sorry Mate I Forgot I Saw You.

The phenomenon was discovered in a University of Nottingham study into crashes where drivers failed to give way to motorcycles.

Basically they say drivers see riders, but their short-term memory forgets.

The result is they pull out in front of the rider, resulting in a crash, often with dire consequences for the rider.

The uni researchers said drivers are five times more likely to forget seeing a motorcycle than a car.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

6 Things to Consider Before Hiring an Accident Lawyer

(Contributed post for our North American readers)

Accident lawyers or personal injury lawyers will represent you in the court of law when you are bringing in a case against someone for injuries they caused. It works both ways; they can either pursue your case in the court or defend you if a case is filed against you. Whatever the case may be, choosing a personal accident lawyer is an important step to winning injury claims. However, be vigilant because personal injuries can only be filed within a specified timeframe or else the status of limitations will run its course and you won’t be able to file for any claims. So it’s imperative that you take out time to carefully carry out background research before hiring anyone. Here are 6 things you need to consider or do before hiring an accident lawyer:

1. Why do you need a Personal Injury lawyer in Bakersfield

Sincerely answering this question should reveal the specific type of lawyer you need. Personal injury or accident lawyers are different from other types of lawyers. They are well-schooled in that area of the law and are the best professionals to handle cases of personal injury.  So the first thing to consider is how vast or good is the attorney you plan to employ.  Any attorney you plan to employ must:

  • Have a number of trial experiences
  • Have  a keen sense of negotiation
  • Must have in-depth knowledge of all medical diagnoses and treatments related to personal injuries.
  • Must understand negligence law and how to apply the same in court.

2. Make a list of Quality factors of a good attorney

The next thing you need to do is make a list of all the quality factors you need in a good attorney.  When you begin the process of selection, you will want to know what the things that actually make a lawyer good.  Armed with this list you can proceed to search for the right candidate. Here are some important things to consider:

  • Location: Only licensed attorneys in your area can practice law within the place where the injury occurred.
  • Area of Practice:  Like every profession, choose only personal injury lawyers for your case.
  • Reputation: Look for lawyers with a reputation of always winning cases. You stand a better chance of winning if you employ one, but their services might be costly.
  • Trial Experience: This is a no-brainer, don’t employ a newbie to handle your case, they need trial experience before they are capable of winning cases.

3. Personal Referrals for good lawyers in Bakersfield

Once you have a checklist of all the qualities you want in a good personal injury lawyer the next stage is to look for those who match your criteria. Do you know of anyone who has used an accident lawyer in the past?  Can they point you in the right direction of a good accident lawyer? If they can, then that’s a good place to start your search. However, don’t hire a personal lawyer without carrying out due diligence about them.

4. Google potential candidates

Google is a huge search engine that has the data basis of almost all practicing lawyers in every state. Google can be very region-specific by pointing you in the right direction of a good lawyer in your region.  A good Google search with the right keywords can display amazing results of lawyers.  Get a fill of the websites that crop up to see what they have to offer. A simple look at the website of lawyers will indicate what area of law they practice. Look for law firms with specialty interest in personal injury claims.

5. Use specific Web services

Using specific web services can reveal amazing results of specialized law firms. There are web services whose sole purpose is to connect clients with lawyers. However, be careful when you make use of a website because they can just be web directories or commercial repositories trying to make a buck out of your webpage visit.  A specialized website called lawyers(dot)com is a good example of a site set up to connect individuals with the right lawyers In this site you are at liberty to search by city, etc. You will see a ranking with phone numbers, lawyer websites and general information.

6.  Use Phone Contact Bar Association

You may consider using the phone contact bar association to determine and locate law firms. Talking directly to lawyers on the phone will give you firsthand information about their demeanor and character.  Here’s how to go about it:

  • Call your State’s bar association:  Your state’s bar association will have a specific phone number dedicated to their lawyer referral service.  For instance, Bakersfield has a state’s bar association number pasted on its website. Bakersfield is a city that covers about 151 sq meters and is near the Town Of San Joaquin. It is a charter city in kern country California with a population of about 380k, making it the 52nd most populous city in United States. It is known for its very hot and dry summers with chilly cold nights and low rainfall averaging around 165mm annually. There is definitely a Bakersfield accident attorney near me at nearby communities and neighborhood.
  • Make the call: Make the call to your state’s bar association to speak with an agent. Going through this route may present you with an opportunity to speak with an attorney who is geographically close to you.
  • Call various law firms; Once you have been directed, don’t hesitate to call the law firm to speak with a lawyer and file in your case. We are certain you will get specialized answers this way.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Thanksgiving turkey attacks motorcycle cop!

Maybe we should carry a turkey with us on our motorcycles this Thanksgiving to protect us from getting a speeding ticket from the police.

It certainly worked for this driver who will be giving thanks to a turkey this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving turkey

The driver didn’t have the turkey in his car; it just showed up to rescue him from the motorcycle cop who had pulled him over for speeding.

But perhaps it would be a good idea to have one on hand!

Anyway, the incident occurred in San Francisco and the Livermore Police Department thought it funny enough to release the body camera video.

After the wild turkey chases the officer, he gives up and says: “You’re not getting a ticket, he doesn’t want you to get a ticket!”

We don’t think it was a Thanksgiving prank, but a genuine situation.

The department has also posted the video on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Maybe we should add turkeys to this guide on what to do when pulled over by police!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Three riders injured in two getaways

Three riders have been injured in getaways from police and a crime scene in the past week on the Gold Coast.

A rider who evaded Gold Coast Police about 7pm yesterday (29 November 2019) was later injured in a crash with a car at Broadbeach Waters.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Rio Vista and Hooker Boulevards, where the motorcycle and a car had collided.

The rider was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the car was not physically injured.

Police say it was a “traffic intercept” but the rider allegedly failed to stop.

“Police did not follow,” they say.

The man remains in hospital and has yet not been charged.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1902374337

Stolen bike

It follows an incident earlier in the week where two men were hospitalised in serious conditions after trying to flee on a stolen motorcycle after an alleged break-in attempt in Kingsholme.

Police believe they were attempting to break into a home on Upper Ormeau Road around 6pm, when they were caught by neighbours.

One of the neighbours reportedly was hit in the face with a bag wielded by one of the mean and another suffered a broken nose in the scuffle.

The two alleged offenders fled the scene on a motorbike but crashed a little way down the road.

They’ve were taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in serious but stable conditions.

A 26-year-old Logan Central man and a 33-year-old Logan Central man were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, armed robbery and burglary.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Unidentified rider dies in crash

An as-yet unidentified male rider has died in a motorcycle crash at Tallandoon, Victoria, this morning (29 November 2019).

Victoria Police and emergency services were called to the heavily wooded Lockharts Gap Road (above) after reports a motorcycle had veered down an embankment about 9.45am.

The male rider, who is yet formally unidentified, died at the scene.

Investigations continue into the cause of the crash.

Lockharts Gap Road remains closed between the Omeo Highway and Sandy Creek.

Victorian Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has dashcam footage to contact Wodonga Highway Patrol or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Our sincere condolences to the rider’s family and friends.

Death toll

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Victoria Solo Unit motorcycle police

The tragic death brings the Victorian motorcycle death toll so far this year to 42, which is six more than last year and well above the five-year average of 34.

That’s an increase of 14% over the previous year, while driver deaths are up 12%.

However, cyclist deaths are up 80%, followed by passengers 45% and pedestrians 42%.

All up, Victoria’s road toll is 241 so far this year which is 24% up on the same time last year and 5.7% above the five-year average of 228.

Clearly the current road policing strategy is not working and there is a need to try new initiatives, not just target motorcyclists.

Yesterday NSW Police stepped up patrols in regional areas for this weekend and last month VicPol monitored riders heading to the Phillip Island MotoGP in their annual Operation MotoSafe. 

Eastern Region Road Policing Inspector Stephen Cooper said at the time that this year has been “particularly challenging” on Victorian roads, with a “lot of the trauma taking place in country Victoria”. 

“At the beginning of the year we saw a lot of fatalities and serious injuries involving motorcyclists,” Insp Cooper said. 

“With the warmer weather encouraging riders to get back on their motorcycles, we want everyone to know that police will be out enforcing against those who engage in risky behaviour.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Weekend warning on riding in regional NSW

Riders travelling through regional NSW this weekend not only need to be on the lookout for bushfires and road closures, but also police.

NSW Police have launched Operation Chrome which they say will be “focusing on reducing rural road trauma this weekend”.

Operation Chrome is being conducted in the Northern, Southern and Western regions tomorrow (Friday 29 November 2019) and Saturday (30 November 2019).Weekend warning on riding in NSW Emmaville regional

Here is the full police press release:

The operation will utilise police from all districts within each region, working alongside officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command to provide a coordinated effort to reducing rural road trauma.

Police will be targeting poor driving behaviours on rural roads – including speeding, drink and drug-driving, not wearing seatbelts, using a mobile phone behind the wheel and fatigue.

Drivers and riders should expect to see more police on rural roads and highways over the weekend.

Northern Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell APM, said reducing rural road trauma is a top priority for the regional NSW.

“So far in 2019, 234 people have lost their lives on regional roads – that’s 19 more than this time last year.

“Operation Chrome is designed to not only target the main highways, but the back roads and suburban streets. Expect to see us in numbers this weekend. It won’t just be officers from the Traffic & Highway Patrol that will be tasked with keeping everyone safe on our roads.

“If you are on the road and doing something wrong, you will be stopped by police in an unmarked car, general duties police, or one of our highway patrol officers.

“Our main aim is to stop fatal crashes before they happen. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. It’s that simple,” Assistant Commissioner Mitchell said.

Now don’t say you haven’t been given a decent warning!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Rider, 35, dies in Pacific Motorway crash

A 35-year-old Nerang motorcyclist has died after colliding with a car on the Pacific Motorway at Gaven on the Gold Coast yesterday afternoon. (27 November 2019)

Police say the accident happened about 3.15pm when the man was riding southbound in heavy traffic on the Pacific Motorway.

Rider dies in Pacific Motorway crash
Transport and Main Roads image at 3.25pm shows traffic backed up by the crash

His motorcycle collided with a car just past the Pacific Motorway Smith Street Exit 66 on-ramp about 3.10pm.

The rider was thrown into the path of another car.

Despite desperate attempts by paramedics, the rider could not be saved and died at the scene.

A woman in her 20s escaped with minor injuries and was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.

Police Forensic Crash Unit officers are appealing for anyone with information or dash cam footage to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1902357156

Our sincere condolences to the man’s family and friends.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Justice moves slowly in driver/rider crashes

Justice seems to move slowly, especially when it involves drivers charged over a crash with a motorcycle or scooter rider.

In the past week, three drivers have faced NSW courts over crashes with riders stretching back almost four months, yet there are no results so far.

While some may be sceptical that the courts are dragging out these matters and will not deliver justice for the dead and injured riders, it is not uncommon that the legal system moves slowly.

Prosecutors have to develop a water-tight case to ensure that the matter is not thrown out on a technicality. This can take time.

Courts are also overloaded and it can be difficult to fit in a matter that could take days to resolve.

We can’t comment on matters that are before the courts, but we can keep you updated with how the matters are progressing to ensure that justice is not only done, but seen to be done.

Slow justice

These matters are among a raft of others we have been following. Here is the latest on these.

Case 1

Paul Andrew Brown, 55, has pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to stop after colliding with and injuring a Vespa scooter rider in Concord, Sydney, in August.

NSW Police found his ute parked in North Strathfield the next day and pursued him on foot.

He was jailed overnight and appeared in Burwood Local Court the next day where he was again refused bail.

Brown has since been back in court three times, eventually being granted conditional bail.

His matter has been set down for a hearing in Burwood Local Court on May 27.

Case 2

Daniel Marjoribanks has been in and out of court since he allegedly drove his Nissan ute through a red light in Rouse Hill, Sydney, on September 12 and hit a motorcyclist.

He was charged with:

  • Dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after vehicle impact causing grievous bodily harm;
  • Fail to stop and assist after impact cause injury;
  • Drive when visiting privileges withdrawn – first offence; and
  • Not give particulars to injured person.

He has appeared twice in the past week for mentions and a bail variation as well as a change of venue for his next appearance from Blacktown Local Court to Parramatta on December 18.

Case 3

P-plate driver Matthew Giusa, 19, of Kellyville, will next appear in court on 20 January 2020.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death after a crash with a 41-year-old man on a scooter in Five Dock, Sydney, on 24 September.

The driver received conditional bail.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com