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Insurance firm reassures TT fans

Friday 11 May 2007
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Leading motorcycle insurer Bennetts has confirmed its customers will be covered during the Isle of Man TT, which starts on May 26.

It was reported in Motor Cycle News that some riders may not be covered while they were using the section of the TT course between Ramsey Hairpin and the Creg-ny-Baa, which will be one-way throughout the fortnight-long festival.

The report raised concerns about whether policies held by bikers due to travel to the Isle of Man for the TT would be valid while they travelled along the one-way section of the Mountain Road.

However, Bennetts has confirmed all customers will be covered for the full duration of the TT.

A statement said:

'Following concerns raised in the media, we are happy to confirm that Bennetts is able to provide cover for all its customers for the duration of the Isle of Man TT.'
'Bennetts has been working closely with our partners to clarify the situation and we’ve put processes in place to ensure that all Bennetts customers will be covered for the full duration of the festival, including Mad Sunday.'
'Bennetts has been involved with the TT races for several years and knows how important and enjoyable Mad Sunday is to bikers, and has done everything it can to make the festival a success. We'd like to thank MCN for raising these concerns and want to wish everyone an enjoyable festival.'

Bruce Hannay, Director of Highways at the Isle of Man Goverment's Department of Transport added:

'The Mountain Circuit remains a public highway throughout the TT fortnight, including "Mad Sunday", despite the traffic management changes.'
'Normal highway code regulations still apply.'
'The reason that we have implemented these changes is purely on safety grounds as this policy eradicates head-on accidents on the Mountain circuit, which are a prime concern for us.'

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