Originally brought to Northern Ireland in 2013 the Biker NI Safety Card was relaunched in February 2019 and is proudly sponsored by JMK Solicitors.
Our thanks to JMK Solicitors for sponsoring the Biker NI Safety card and the following organisations – initiatives – businesses – agencies – motorcycling – that are supporting the Biker NI Safety Card in Northern Ireland.
The safety card is again supported by the major agencies involved in keeping us safe on the road, dealing with road collisions – injuries and assessment on rider skills: Police Service of Northern Ireland – (PSNI) Bikesafe – Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) – Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS).
The card is also supported by the BMF – British Motorcyclists Federation (original supporter) – IAM RoadSmart (original supporter) – Road Racing Ireland – and the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Charity.
Want to find out more how you can get involved in the support of the Biker NI Safety Card?
Find out where to get a card – Here
The PSNI said, “We welcome the introduction of the Crash Card to Northern Ireland. This is an excellent initiative which gives riders the opportunity to help and protect themselves.
They provide the emergency services with potentially life saving information at the scene in the event of a collision on the road.
The cards are free, easy to fill out and easy to carry – and a must have for all motorcyclists.”
The PSNI Bikesafe rider skills assessment is the perfect introduction to skills on Hazard Awareness – Defensive Riding Technique – Junction Awareness – Cornering – Overtaking.
BikeSafe workshops include a two hour classroom session looking at the key aspects of Motorcycle Roadcraft, followed by a two hour, on the road, assessment by an advanced police motorcyclist.
The workshops are open to all qualified motorcyclists from experienced bikers to those returning to motorcycling after a few years absence and are especially useful for those who have only recently passed their test.
Workshops are delivered at locations across Northern Ireland, including Newtownards, Belfast, Ballymena, Foyle, Enniskillen and Newry as well as a North West 200 “Special” in Portrush during Race Week.
Bikesafe NI is a Rider Skills Assessment – not Advanced Training.
That part is up to you!
Bikesafe Northern Ireland – Click Here
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
“The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service welcomes the introduction of the crash card initiative to Northern Ireland.
NIAS personnel attend approximately 5000 Road Traffic Collisions on an annual basis and are acutely aware of the need for patient relevant information to be available at the earliest possible opportunity.
This initiative will immediately draw the attention of attending paramedics to the fact that this information is available and will be crucial to the chances of a positive outcome for the casualty, particularly on those occasions where the rider may be unconscious.
As such we really believe this is an initiative which may save lives.”
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service – www.niamb.co.uk
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS)
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) Spokesperson said:
“This has the potential to be a lifesaving initiative.
Our Firefighters witness first hand the carnage on our roads and the lives that are completely destroyed as a result.
The information contained on the safety card will go a long way to ensuring the casualty receives the most appropriate treatment at the earliest opportunity and we would encourage all bikers and their pillions to carry the card.”
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) – www.nifrs.org
JMK Solicitors was established in 2003 and have successfully helped tens of thousands of people recover compensation.
This extensive experience means they understand the stress, upset and inconvenience an accident can cause.
Their team of over 40 people, have vast experience of all the processes which must be navigated to make sure you get the best possible result. They pride themselves on their friendly and helpful approach, so from your initial contact, JKM Solicitors strive to fully explain in simple terms how they can help you and they will let you know how best to proceed with your claim. They will explain anything you don’t understand and will let you know what you are entitled to claim for.
Managing Director of JMK Solicitors Maurece Hutchinson said: “When approached by Howard Anderson from the British Motorcyclists Federation to help get the cards back into circulation, we were only too glad to get involved.”
“We would encourage all motorcyclists to pick up a card and apply the sticker from the card to their helmet and carry the card at all times.”
JMK Solicitors – www.jmksolicitors.com
British Motorcyclists Federation
The BMF in Northern Ireland is pleased to support and distribute the Biker NI Safety Card.
The BMF successfully campaigns on issues that directly affect the liberty, safety and security of motorcyclists’. It protects all of the UK’s motorcyclists from unnecessary interference by European, National, Local Government and anti-motorcycling campaign groups. The BMF is a member of many government advisory groups and also works in Europe to help British motorcyclists.
As a non-profit organisation, we rely on our members for funding and support.
As a member, you will be part of the community of individuals and affiliated clubs which help make the BMF such a powerful voice in campaigning and safeguarding the rights of motorcyclists.
The BMF also provides support, advice and organises excellent events throughout the UK.
British Motorcyclists Federation – www.bmf.co.uk
Road Racing Ireland
Road Racing Ireland is the Worlds longest running road race magazine.
There are 11 issues a year covering road racing from across Ireland, Isle of Man and United Kingdom.
Road Racing Ireland brings you all the news from Road Racing across Ireland and the United Kingdom with 11 issues per year, plus special editions.
The best road racing photographs are always in Road Racing Ireland.
The only magazine you need to keep you informed on all the action between the hedges.
Road Racing Ireland – roadracingireland.com
IAM – RoadSmart
The Institute of Advanced Motorists – IAM RoadSmart is the UK’s leading Road Safety charity and is the primary choice for advanced driver training, or government consultation as we are dedicated to increasing skills for all road users, raising driving and riding standards and helping to save lives on our roads.
If you’re passionate about biking let IAM RoadSmart help give your skills a boost, improve your technique, increase your ability and confidence, and ultimately get the most out of the whole riding experience. It will also help improve your safety on the road.
For the IAM Road Smart – Advanced Motorists of Northern Ireland – www.amni.org.uk
IAM RoadSmart – www.iamroadsmart.com
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Charity
Air Ambulance NI, in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS), provides the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the region.
Serious or life-threatening situations can happen to anyone at any time and on average, every single day in Northern Ireland, one individual finds themselves in desperate need of AANI.
The charity’s operational helicopter carries a crew compiling pilot, doctor, and paramedic, 365 days of the year operating for twelve hours every day. They attend some of the most traumatic medical incidents across the province and are dedicated to delivering the very best possible pre- hospital care, both at the scene and whilst transferring the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their specific injuries.
The EC135 helicopter can get anywhere in the province in approximately twenty-five to thirty minutes and the rapid response is vital in an emergency situation. If a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased.
What is not widely known is that AANI is a charity. Each day costs in the region of £5,500 and £2m is needed each year to keep our air ambulance service operational. We rely entirely on support from the public and local businesses, including Gifts in Wills.
AANI is fortunate to count on tremendous public support and good will, and we will never take this for granted. It’s not only the medical crew who save lives, but the people who support our service. Thank you to everyone for your support.
Air Ambulance Northern Ireland Charity – www.airambulanceni.org