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The UK’s biggest motorcycle insurance specialist, Carole Nash, has thrown its weight behind a call from the Motorcycle Industries Association for employers to provide secure parking for mopeds and motorcycles.

Carole Nash, which earlier this year itself called for local authorities to provide more public secure bike parks, says the MCIA move makes sense for environmental, economic and security reasons.

“The MCIA reports moped sales are soaring and biking is generally becoming more popular, no doubt as a result of fast escalating fuel costs, ever increasing congestion and lacklustre public transport provision,” comments Carole Nash’s managing director, David Newman. “Despite this little is being done by employers and local authorities to satisfy the increased demand for secure parking. Given the huge cost to the economy of congestion and the growing personal cost of car use this seems ridiculous.”

Mr. Newman pointed out that bikes needed specific security measures because of their portability and the high spares value of top end models. “Bikers can improve their bike’s security and take measures at home to protect their machine, but they have less control in the public arena and require provision of dedicated, secure parking facilities. Why isn’t more being done to provide this if the environment and congestion really are at the top of political agendas?

He added that the company’s annual motorcycle theft survey, which looks at all bike insurance claims received from among the company’s 230,000 motorbike insurance policyholders, constantly demonstrated that the bikers most at risk were in urbanised areas – where naturally employment, retail and leisure facilities tend to be most heavily concentrated. “If more secure parking facilities, coupled with biker friendly amenities such as changing rooms were introduced, it would go a long way to enticing people out of cars and onto bikes. It has to be the way forward.”

The Carole Nash motorcycle theft survey, released in April 2008, revealed that bikers in North West London were five times more likely to make a claim on their bike insurance for a stolen motorcycle, moped or scooter. In addition, of the 117 postcode areas surveyed, Greater London postcodes made up eight of the top ten areas for motorbike insurance theft claims, highlighting a growing need for secure motorcycle parking in the capital.

The company’s backing of the MCIA’s call comes as more people are encouraged to take to two wheels during National Motorcycle Week (July 14 – 20th), a highlight of which is Ride 2 Work Day on Wednesday July 16th. Backing the initiative Carole Nash is extending its own CCTV protected secure motorcycle parking provision for Ride 2 Work day and offering free use of 10 bikes from its hire fleet for staff to use throughout the week.

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Editor’s Notes:
1. If you would like further details of the 2008 Carole Nash Motorcycle Theft Survey, including details of how your area fared in the UK risk league table, please email andyl@puremarketingcommunications.co.uk
2. With over 230,000 biking policyholders and more than 3000,000 motorcycles on its books, Carole Nash is the UK’s biggest motorcycle insurance specialist. Its total annual revenues exceed £70m and it employs around 350 staff at its Altrincham headquarters, Training Centre, Repair Centre and Dublin offices. In the Insurance Times Top 50 Brokers survey (published August 2007) Carole Nash was named as the UK’s 32nd largest broker. The company was founded by Carole Nash in 1985 and sold for an undisclosed sum to Groupama UK, owner of Groupama Insurances, one of the UK’s leading insurers, in December 2006.
3. The MCIA is the UK trade association representing manufacturers and importers of mopeds, motorcycles and scooters, and the suppliers of associated goods and services. It has approximately 150 members representing about 90 per cent of the UK industry. The motorcycle industry in the UK employs more than 15,000 people and turns over in excess of £3 billion a year. There are over 1.6 million motorcycles in use in Britain, traveling over 3.2 million miles a year (DfT 2006).For more information or photos please contact Simon Small at the MCI Press Office on tel: 01622 812961 (S-Presso Ltd) mobile: 07860 438738, email simon.small@spresso.co.uk. or MCI director of public affairs Craig Carey-Clinch: 07979 757484 or craig@mcia-pa.com. More press releases, industry statistics and photos are available on the website www.mcia.co.uk and www.takeyourtestnow.com.

Issued on behalf of:

Carole Nash Insurance Consultants, Trafalgar House, Manchester Road, Altrincham, WA14 1NU
Contact: Rebecca Donohue. T: 0161 927 2462 E: rebeccadonohue@carolenash.com

By: Carole Nash PR
Pure Marketing Communications. T: 0161 280 1433 / 07855 345108 E : pressoffice@carolenash.com

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