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  1. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    Well as the last thread went up in cyber space, I thought I'd start another one. So welcome to round 2 episode 1

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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG unite with industry on a motorcycling ‘Journey to a Brighter
    Destination’.

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is uniting with the Motorcycle
    Industry Association (MCIA) to make the case for motorcycling. MAG has
    collaborated with the MCIA and endorses the long awaited ‘Journey to a
    Brighter Destination’ document in support of leisure motorcycling.

    Motorcycles offer significant environmental, economic, and societal
    benefits to the UK’s transport population. ‘The Journey’ puts forward a
    compelling case for why motorcycling as a leisure activity, primarily
    using higher-powered motorcycles, must be protected as the Government
    heads towards a net zero future. This future can, and will, be bright
    for motorcycling but only if the Government ensures that the right level
    of support is in place, starting from now, both in terms of financial
    consumer incentives and also the time and investment needed for us to
    adapt to new powertrains, electrical or otherwise.

    MAG Chair, Neil Liversidge, said:

    “MAG welcomes the highly significant statement of intent which the
    Motorcycle Industry Association’s (MCIA) ‘Journey’ report represents.
    The document lays out a clear position on the importance of motorcycling
    as it stands today in the context of leisure, pastimes, and sports. It
    also confirms the industry’s commitment to develop a strategy to create
    a foundation for the continuation of motorcycling as we know it.
    Further, it considers all the things that are important to today’s
    riders. The objective is to ensure not only that motorcycling continues,
    but that it also attracts a new, younger, and growing audience in the
    years to come.

    “MAG and MCIA are closely aligned in many key areas. MAG recognises that
    the industry must naturally operate within and introduce products to
    market that cannot just be eligible to be offered for sale, but also be
    demanded by the changing marketplace. It is appreciated; however, this
    must not just be shaped by government policy alone but also what
    inspires the customer. As Government moves ahead with its agenda and
    objectives for net zero by 2050, MAG will work closely with MCIA to
    ensure the riders voices are heard with an objective of ensuring these
    opinions sufficiently influence policy proposals and the final outcomes.

    “We are looking forward to working with MCIA and, together, feel much
    can be gained by working collaboratively, but with a mutual appreciation
    of each organisation’s beliefs and objectives.”

    Tony Campbell, CEO of MCIA, said:

    “Today’s publication is all about celebrating what we all know and love.
    Underlying this is the need to showcase the significant benefits our
    industry brings to the UK economy and our society more generally.

    “Though we are making significant progress in the lower powered end of
    the L-Category classification and the role these vehicles can, are and
    will play in the Government’s zero emission and future of transport
    agendas, higher powered motorcycles will need to be treated differently,
    as they face far greater challenges when it comes to electrification
    using technologies that are available today.

    “With the consultation on the phase out of new non-zero emission
    L-Category vehicles expected this year, The Journey puts forward a
    powerful case for why certain parts of our sector must be given more
    time to adapt before working towards any arbitrary phase out date.

    “The Government must, at the very least, have an open mind to
    alternative fuels/powertrains, move away from focusing exclusively on
    zero emissions at the tailpipe and, ultimately, be proportionate in its
    prescribing the sector a phase out date based on both our current UK
    emissions contribution and the whole life cycle environmental impact of
    these vehicle types.

    “We are looking forward to continuing our work with Government, helping
    to shape the phase out consultation, and remain steadfast in ensuring
    progress towards net zero in a way that is both commercially viable for
    manufacturers and appealing to our riding community.”

    https://www.mcia.co.uk/initiatives
     
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  2. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

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    UK Motorcycling welcomes NABD

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders,
    has welcomed the National Association of Bikers with a Disability (NABD)
    to UK Motorcycling (UKM).

    NABD, the world’s leading support group for motorcyclists with
    disabilities, is to join UKM, which was recently formed by The
    Motorcycle Action Group. The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) is
    also part of this new organisation.

    Welcoming NABD to UKM, MAG’s Chairman, Neil F Liversidge, said:

    “It’s great to have NABD joining us. UKM will give a voice to all
    motorcyclists, working for their benefit and for the benefit of
    motorcycling in all its forms. It is especially important for us to
    have NABD on board because no organisation in the entire world has more
    experience in its specialism.”

    NABD National Chairman, Rick Hulse, commented:

    “The NABD welcomes this opportunity to take part in this collaborative
    forum, an opportunity never afforded to us by the National Motorcycle
    Council (NMC).

    We have been successful in influencing legislation, both domestic and
    European, on numerous occasions over the past 30+ years. Now, with this
    opportunity to act in unity with other motorcycling organisations via
    the new UKM group, we look forward to being even more effective in
    protecting the rights and freedoms enjoyed by both motorcyclists with
    disabilities and the wider motorcycling community.”




    Contact MAG on 01926 844 064 or at [email protected]

     
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  3. Wessa

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    Another useful update
     
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  4. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

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    MAG’s Western Region in experienced hands

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders,
    pleased to welcome staunch volunteer back to post of Regional Rep.

    Bristol lady Anne Gale has so far volunteered with MAG for a grand total
    of 49 years (and counting) and shows no signs of slowing down, even as
    another significant birthday approaches. She was elected as Regional
    Representative for MAG’s Western Region at their recent AGM, a post she
    is already familiar with having worked in the role previously.

    Anne commented: “I never, in a million years, thought that only two
    months prior to my 78th birthday I would be the Western Region MAG
    Representative again!”

    A grandmother from Bristol, Anne also produces MAG’s on-line internal
    political newsletter ‘Network’, a role she intends to continue with
    alongside that of Regional Rep. She will be ably assisted by Deputy
    Regional Rep Eddie Garnier, who has himself clocked up over 30 years
    with MAG.

    The Motorcycle Action Group - formed in 1973 – is a well-respected
    lobbying organisation that has represented the interests and rights of
    motorcyclists for almost half a century at local, regional and national
    levels. Motorcycling today would look very different without their
    tireless efforts to educate and advise Government, the Department for
    Transport, local authorities and many other organisations.

    Summing up, Anne said:

    “We just love riding motorcycles. MAG exists to help those who frame
    legislation to understand our culture and recognise that we are a
    legitimate lobby that needs to be listened to. Motorcycles are a part of
    the solution to the social, environmental and transport problems we face
    today. Motorcycling should be encouraged, rather than discouraged, and
    should not be unnecessarily complicated by pointless red tape.”


    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]
     
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  5. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

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    Electric vehicle infrastructure strategy inadequate for motorcyclists.

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has said that the newly published
    ‘Electric vehicle infrastructure strategy’ is inadequate for meeting the
    needs of motorcyclists wanting to go electric.

    On Friday 25th March Grant Shapps announced the UK’s £1.6 billion
    Electric vehicle infrastructure strategy. MAG responded to
    consultations prior to the policy development calling for the specific
    needs of motorcyclists to be fully considered.

    MAG welcomes the comments that all Local Transport Plan EV charging
    strategy must consider charging opportunities for electric motorbikes,
    as well as cars and vans. The strategy gives little, however, to
    reassure that the promised guidance for local authorities will be adequate.

    MAG Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, said:

    “For those riders wanting to make the switch to electric, there is
    insufficient detail in this strategy to reassure. Motorcycles will need
    dedicated facilities with different ergonomic design and a strong focus
    on security against theft. There is also nothing to indicate that
    potential for interchangeable batteries and associated charging hubs has
    been recognised.”

    MAG continues to oppose the proposed phase-out of internal combustion
    engine motorcycles, but still wishes to ensure that, for those who do
    choose electric, motorcycle charging infrastructure will not be ignored.

    Colin went on to say:

    “We are pro choice when it comes to the future of motorcycling. It is
    imperative that the broadest range of choices are catered for.
    Certainly, if the Government wants to achieve decarbonisation of all
    transport modes, they need to fully consider all the details - even for
    motorcycles. We will be seeking to influence the drafting of detailed
    guidance for local authorities.”

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]
     
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  6. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

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    Date set for parliamentary debate on anti-tamper proposals.

    A date has been set for a parliamentary debate on the anti-tamper
    proposals from last year. The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is urging
    its members to respond to a short Government survey to inform Nick
    Fletcher MP who will be leading the debate.

    Proposals for anti-tampering regulations brought a substantial backlash
    late last year. A petition was raised opposing the proposals, which
    received well over the 100,000 signatories bar to trigger a
    parliamentary debate.

    The debate will take place on 25th April 2022. It will be led by Nick
    Fletcher MP and a minister from the Department for Transport (DfT) will
    respond for the Government.

    A short survey has been launched as part of the process to inform Nick
    Fletcher of the reasons for the strong objections to the proposals. MAG
    is recommending that all riders take the opportunity to respond to the
    Petitions Committee's survey here:
    https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/V6ND30/. The survey will remain open
    until 9am on Monday 11 April. You do not need to have signed the
    petition to complete the survey.

    MAG also recommends that riders contact their local MPs to ask them to
    speak at the debate on 25th April.

    MAG Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, said:

    “This is another opportunity to explain your objections to these
    proposed regulations. We are keen to keep the pressure on to ensure
    that common sense prevails, and that the proposals are at the very least
    re-drafted if not entirely rejected. If you value the right to modify
    your motorcycle in any way you see fit, then please respond to the
    survey and lobby your representative in Parliament.”

    Don't forget join MAG
    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]
     
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  7. Octoberon

    Octoberon Crème de la Crème

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    I'll be having my say in the survey but people like @Iron, @darkman and anyone else here who's handy with a spanner should voice their concerns. We have a long history of poor legislation created by poorly-informed people in this country, leading to unecessarily broad interpretation of the law. Like it or not, this is how we influence the debate, or at least try.
     
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  8. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    It also helps if people join MAG so that the old saying comes into force. "Strength in numbers".
    Sadly people just can't see it, and they don't bother.
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

    https://www.mag-uk.org/motorcycle-action-group-membership/
    Do you care ??

    And the not so good news

    MAG leaves PACTS

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders, is
    not renewing its membership of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for
    Transport Safety (PACTS) this year.

    Explaining why, Colin Brown, MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political
    Engagement, stated:

    “Sadly, MAG finds itself no longer aligned with the PACTS agenda. The
    Council has proved increasingly difficult to engage and debate with, and
    we find ourselves in a position where our voice is no longer heard
    because there is little appetite for listening to a variety of views and
    ideas.

    We have always endeavoured to put forward the case for motorcycling but
    have been met with increasing levels of hostility towards this transport
    mode. There comes a point where one must bow out, and we have reached it.”

    MAG’s Chair, Neil Liversidge, commented:

    “MAG is always happy to engage with other organisations and authorities
    regarding motorcycling, but we see no point in wasting our valuable
    resources where our voice is consistently ignored. We have therefore
    decided that withdrawing from PACTS is the best decision.
    Personally, I find the inclusion of the word ‘Parliamentary’ in the
    Council’s name somewhat misleading, as it implies that it is a
    Parliamentary body, but this is not the case.”

    MAG will continue to robustly defend the rights of motorcyclists,
    engaging, lobbying and educating wherever a need is identified.


    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]
     
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  12. Octoberon

    Octoberon Crème de la Crème

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    The survey takes 2-3 minutes and you don't have to register or provide personal details.
     
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  13. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

    https://www.mag-uk.org/motorcycle-action-group-membership/
    Do you care ?

    A Bill to scrap the EU’s ‘Vnuk’ motor insurance law passed through
    Parliament yesterday (Monday 25th April). MAG Chair Neil Liversidge is
    delighted that an issue he first flagged in February 2015 has finally
    been laid to rest.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has stated that the bill has sacked
    this “nonsensical EU rule”. Vnuk would have increased insurance premiums
    in the UK by an average of £50 and potentially caused the collapse of
    the motorsports sector.

    The Bill - introduced to Parliament by Peter Bone MP - scraps (in the
    UK) the EU ruling making motor insurance compulsory for vehicles being
    used on private land, as well as potentially a greater range of vehicles
    including those used in motorsports, agricultural machinery and light
    electric vehicles.

    Vnuk would have also covered motorsports collisions potentially
    involving vehicles from go-karting to Formula One, which would have been
    treated as regular road traffic incidents requiring insurance.

    Neil Liversidge said: “MAG was first to identify VNUK as a serious
    threat to motorcyclists, and especially to ‘off-roaders’. We are glad
    to see that our campaigning has paid off, with a result made possible by
    the Government’s greater freedom of action following Brexit.”
     
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  14. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

    https://www.mag-uk.org/motorcycle-action-group-membership/
    Do you care ?


    MAG aligns with MP’s confession in Anti-Tampering debate.

    Conservative MP confesses to a love of riding and driving petrol engine
    vehicles.

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) warmly welcomes Steve Baker’s remarks
    in the anti-tampering debate.

    After the petition opposing the anti-tamper proposals received over
    112,000 signatures, the debate was held in Westminster Hall yesterday
    (Monday 25th April).

    “I want to begin with a confession which, these days, I think is
    increasingly socially unacceptable: I enjoy driving. I enjoy riding a
    motorcycle. I love petrol engine vehicles.”

    Steve Baker went on to make a passioned defence of the interests of
    motorcyclists who love the experience and existential rewards of riding.

    The response to the debate from Minister Trudy Harrison repeated the
    Government line that there is no intention to prevent legitimate
    motorsport activities, nor prevent restoration, repairs or legitimate
    improvements to vehicles such as classic cars or motorbikes.

    “We don’t intend our proposals to negatively impact businesses involved
    in these activities either.” Harrison stated.

    “What we intended to do with this is prevent tampering that can have
    serious health and environmental consequences.”

    The consultation received 7,891 responses and the full response is
    expected to be published in Summer 2022.

    Ms Harrison said:

    “Members of this House can absolutely seek reassurance that the
    proposals will not prevent all forms of vehicle modification. That is
    not the intention, it is certainly not my intention, and we are
    carefully considering the scope of the policy to ensure that it does not
    prevent legitimate alterations or modifications including repair work.
    As the Minister with the responsibility for the future of transport, my
    role is to ensure that we have a regulatory regime that is fit for the
    future, and which will achieve our vision of a better, greener UK, and
    to achieve this we are now conducting a series of regulatory reviews to
    consider how transport regulations need to change to make journeys
    faster, safer, easier, and more secure.”


    Commenting after the debate, MAG Director of Campaigns & Political
    Engagement, Colin Brown, said:

    “As was mentioned during the debate, the devil will be in the detail.
    Whilst reassurances are being given, we shall have to wait to see the
    detailed proposals when they are finally drafted. It was reassuring to
    hear that the concern over potential unintended consequences has been
    taken on board and will be considered. We just need to see if the
    conclusions reached match our view of what is legitimate, not that of an
    overzealous nanny state. I share Steve Baker’s love of driving and
    riding petrol-powered vehicles - and that includes modified ones. That
    should never be considered socially unacceptable and certainly not
    outlawed.”

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]

    Just a thought here, The consultation received received 7,891 responses, there are 1 Million motorcycles registered in the UK.
    Boy didn't we show them politicians that we care about motorcycling.:(:(
    I guess that makes the 7,891 responses, part of the 1% brigade.
    And people wonder why we get :poop::poop: on. shaking-head-sad-smiley-emoticon.gif
     
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  15. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

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    Well I responded to the consultation and I hope my comments go some way it making sure motorcyclist don’t get shafted. We live in hope :(
     
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    All good reading @Bikerman
     
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    andypandy Crème de la Crème

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    That response from Ms Harrison was just typical politician bollocks. A broad sweeping statement that said nowt.
     
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  18. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

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    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

    So head over to the MAG website and join up.

    https://www.mag-uk.org/motorcycle-action-group-membership/
    Do you care ?



    New MAG campaign for default bus lane access.

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is today launching a new campaign for
    default bus lane access. New research shows that motorcycles can
    currently use 48% of all ‘with-flow’ bus lanes in the UK. MAG say it is
    time for local authorities to stop debating and start delivering.

    MAG has released a new report that for the first time collates UK-wide
    information on motorcycle access in bus lanes. The report shows that of
    the 159 local transport authorities with bus lanes, just 56 allow
    motorcycle access.

    Report author Colin Brown said:

    “This research has revealed the successes of three decades of
    campaigning by MAG on this issue. Given the complexity and stumbling
    blocks placed between a coherent national policy and a totally
    unnecessary exclusion of motorcycles from bus lanes, we have done well
    to gain access to 48% of the nation’s bus lanes. We have also shown the
    ludicrous situation where access permissions change along certain routes
    or in opposite directions on the same road. We have had three decades
    of expensive local trials but the overwhelming result of all these is
    that motorcycle access to bus lanes is not a problem. It is time for a
    consistent default access for motorcycles, just as already exists
    informally for pedal cycles.”

    A petition has been raised by Birmingham-based barrister Dr Mirza Ahmad
    asking the Government to require local authorities in England to permit
    motorcycles in bus lanes. MAG is asking motorcyclists - and indeed all
    road users - to sign the petition.

    Firstly, MAG is calling for a further meeting with Roads Minister,
    Baroness Vere of Norbiton. The Minister previously asked MAG to list
    its top five priorities. Bus lane access was the issue that MAG members
    voted as their first ask.

    MAG will then approach decision-makers in Wales and Scotland to promote
    the sensible approach taken in Northern Ireland. The Department for
    Infrastructure allows motorcycle access in all bus lanes in NI.

    Finally, MAG has vowed to redouble efforts with key authorities that
    still do not allow access. MAG is already pushing for meetings with
    Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester, as well as discussing
    with Transport for London (TfL) how best to get London Boroughs to
    accept a common policy.

    Colin Brown said:

    “Even Sadiq Khan agrees that all London boroughs should allow motorcycle
    access. TfL adopted a blanket policy on all red routes, but many
    boroughs are still opposed to motorcycle access. If we can get Glasgow,
    Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester on board that would be another 60
    miles of access. Of course, if these councils are smart, they will back
    our calls for default access as this would save them money and there
    would be no argument for yet more trials.”

    The petition raised by Dr Mirza Ahmad can be found here:
    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/614294

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]
     
  19. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else

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    "Even Sadiq Khan" - f*ck me that's a first! :joy:
     
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