February 20, 2011 19:01 ET

Beware of Manholes, Warns Swinton Bikes

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2011) - Swinton Motorbike Insurance is welcoming news that a thief in Cheddar has recently been incarcerated for stealing manhole covers, after recklessly putting the lives of motorcyclists in the area at great risk.

The thief was discovered with over 20 manhole covers in the back of his van and was caught driving without any insurance.

As well as the obvious lethal dangers to motorcyclists open man hole covers present, manhole covers themselves can cause headaches for motorcyclists across the country, as a survey by Swinton Bike Insurance revealed that after potholes, manholes are the bikes biggest adversary with 26% stating they found them a nuisance.

The survey also discovered that 87% of motorcyclists believe non-slip manhole covers should become mandatory, as the enhanced level of grip is equal to the surrounding road surface and would greatly reduce the chance of slipping and accidents.

Anthony Aronin, Head of Swinton Bikes, said: "There can be no doubt that manhole covers are enough of a danger to motorcyclists, without the reckless actions of this thief. The amount of contact a motorcycle has with the road is minimal, so grip is vitally important. Manhole covers usually have less grip, can be smooth and slippery, and are often in the middle of traffic lanes and on bends. It is therefore essential to take care when driving over manholes especially in the rain."

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  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
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  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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