Biker FAQs

We answer some of the most frequently asked questions by bikers when it comes to the rules of the road.

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Is filtering illegal?

Filtering is not illegal in the UK, and you are allowed to filter through traffic in most European cities as long as it’s safe to do so. However, filtering is illegal in France and can result in a hefty fine (€90 minimum if paid promptly).

What do I do if I have a biking accident overseas?

If you are involved in a road traffic accident overseas, you may be able to make a claim in the UK for compensation against the driver who was negligent and caused the accident. We would recommend that you take all of the details of the third party and take legal advice upon your return.

What are my rights if I buy a faulty new or second hand motorbike?

Under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, if you discover a fault with the motorbike you may have the right to reject it for a full refund, or to ask for a repair if you want to keep it. This will depend on providing evidence that the fault was present within the motorbike at the time of purchase. However, you have limited rights if you buy from a private seller or an auction site.

Can I sue a pedestrian who causes an accident?

Pursuing a claim for personal injury or damage to property following an accident is dependent on proving that someone has been negligent in their actions and as a result of that negligence the injury or damage was reasonably foreseeable. Therefore, whether you could sue a pedestrian would depend on the circumstances.

Even if you could establish some negligence by a pedestrian, most would not be insured for acts of negligence (unlike road users) and therefore even if successful in a claim, you may struggle to recover any compensation that is awarded to you.

What are my rights if my motorbike is not repaired properly?

If a garage has failed to provide the repairs with reasonable care and skill, you would be able to argue that they have breached the contract under the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Remedies for breach of contract include full refund, partial refund or ‘repeat performance’ where they should provide the service again at no additional cost to you.

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