Covid 19 Advice

How it affects Staffordshire Biker

As you can imagine, this is a difficult time to hold or host events so we will do our best to keep you informed of what is on or what is off across the county with regards our initiatives & courses.

With this in mind we have decided to suspend holding Pre-CBT workshops & Bikesense courses.

We are monitoring the situation closely with regards venues for the Bikers’ breakfast events,  Young rider barbecues, First Aid for bikers courses etc along with numerous biker awareness events across the county as some of the venues themselves may remain closed, thus rendering them unavailable.  As soon as any decision is made we will notify people via social media & this website.

The official advice is to continue to stay home and stay safe, so please protect our communities and our NHS #StayHomeSaveLives

 

Self Isolating & social distancing

Please be aware that as motorcyclists we are fairly well self isolated as motorcycle riding is often a solo pursuit, so if you commute on your bike you shouldn’t be at risk until you get to work, where regular social distancing rules come into play.  Keep yourself indoors as much as possible & don’t go out socially, but if riding in a small group or with friends, please observe & stick to the 2m social distancing rule & keep your distance from others when you dismount.

Restrictions and the official message is people should ‘stay at home’ except for food, exercise, health and medical reasons or if you cannot work from home on All travel networks due to Coronavirus travel restrictions around the United Kingdom.
Full details of permitted reasons for leaving home can be found on the government website.
Source: Inrix Media UK – inrix.com

Motorcycle training & tests

Motorcycle tests & training are already affected with many local driving schools telling us they suspended training & CBT testing for at least 4 weeks.  The DVSA will no doubt contact you should you already have a ministry test (ie not a proficiency test, assessment or CBT from a local training school) booked during this period.  Theory tests are suspended for one month, and driving tests are suspended for up to 3 months – but tests are available for critical workers.
You can cancel your ministry test if you want to get a full refund now. Email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to request this  customerservices@dvsa.gov.uk  You will need to include your full name and the following pieces of information:, your driving licence number, your theory test pass certificate number your driving test booking reference.  You’ll then need to book another test when the booking service is available again.  You cannot currently book a new driving test.  When driving tests start again, people who had their test cancelled will be given priority. This means you’ll probably have to wait longer than usual.

 

MOT testing

Check also when your MOT is due (you can check by visiting – https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-status) as some test centres may already be closed or closing in the next few days & if it is you are riding without an MOT you can still be breaking the law, in addition if your bike is parked without an MOT on a public highway you are breaking the law if the bike is not MOT’d.  You should be allowed some grace of one month to get tested, so if you MOT is due next month you may be able to get your MOT today & effectively get 13 months of MOT cover.   Your  MOT expiry date will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive & get it tested at the earliest opportunity.

 

Breakdown services & how not to get caught out.

A lot of people have expressed concerns about if they break down on the road, but rest assured all the breakdown companies i’ve seen so far have said they will still provide services to get you home.  Make sure your bikes battery is in good working order as many bikes will be coming out of winter hibernation at this time of year, so give your battery a charge if needed & ensure it is still holding a charge as many failures in springtime are often due to charging issues.  Double check with your breakdown company directly if you have any concerns or questions.

 

Petrol station cross contamination

When refuelling the bike (or car for that matter) if you can, pop over to the diesel pump & see if you can find some disposable gloves to wear, a few people have expressed concerns about catching the virus from petrol pumps, so wear gloves & dispose of the gloves safely.  If you can pay by contactless on a pre-pay pump then this may be the best method as you may be at risk by using the keypad to enter your PIN & in addition, by not going to the kiosk to pay you are reducing the risk further of coming into contact with others & maintaining social distancing.
If you need to use a numerical keypad because you don’t have a contactless debit card, a top tip is to carry some cotton buds with you in your pocket & use the tips to key in your PIN & then dispose of the cotton bud safely in the nearest available bin.  If you have a ball point pen, you can also use this as a pointer to key in a number but remember to sanitise the pen.
Wash your hands at the earliest opportunity.

 

Financial support with loans

Financially these are worrying times as many are being told to stay home & not go to work, so if your bike is on a HP scheme or you are paying off a loan, it may be best to contact your financial service who loaned you the money as many will already have plans in place for supporting you which they can use to help & many credit agencies are already publishing guidelines that your credit rating shouldn’t be under threat in this situation.  Many companies will welcome your call, so don’t be frightened to get in touch to make arrangements & it’s often better to call them & tell them you can’t pay than just ignore them completely.  If you find your credit company are being less than helpful, then Citizens advice will guide you as will the money advice service.

 

General advice & community help

If you have concerns about the virus itself & how to protect yourselves, you can find information by clicking here.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/Home.aspx

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Newsroom/Articles/2020/03-March/Doing-our-bit-to-tackle-coronavirus-in-Staffordshire-and-Stoke-on-Trent.aspx

If you wish to help others in your community
consider
https://www.supportstaffordshire.org.uk/covid-19-support/coronavirus-community-support-effort

https://www.england.nhs.uk/participation/get-involved/volunteering/nhs-volunteer-responders/

Restrictions and the government travel instruction is to ‘stay at home’ and not make any unnecessary journey by road or public transport unless for food, health reasons or essential work on All travel networks around the United Kingdom.
People should not gather in groups and remain at their primary residence not travelling to holiday or second homes or to ‘day trip’ locations.
Source: Inrix Media.

Post updated: 15/04/2020

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