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  1. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
  2. tcbandituk


    Apr 8, 2016
    Just to point out, the "No customs formalities" story only applies to fully road legal and insured bikes, anything else has to have a carnet still.
    It doesn't make the distinction in the story and I enquired with FEMA, as I take the trackbike to Spain....
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  3. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    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.
    Do you care ??

    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    New Lewisham motorcycle parking charges expected to encourage a switch
    from cars to motorcycles.

    Lewisham Borough Council hopes that reduced parking charges for
    motorcycles will encourage a switch from cars to motorcycles. Parking
    charges were originally proposed to be the same for cars and
    motorcycles. Interventions by London MAG persuaded the Council of the
    case to incentivise modal shift from cars to motorcycles.

    As originally proposed, the charging scheme would have seen
    motorcyclists paying up to £3.50 per hour for short-stay parking.
    Residents with motorcycles would have been shelling out up to £125 for a
    resident's permit. Additionally, riders using their bikes to earn a
    living would have faced bills of up to £625 for an all-zone business permit.

    Thanks to the work of MAG’s London members and Save London Motorcycling
    the revised charges are reducing to a far more palatable 80p per hour or
    £2 per day. Resident motorcyclists will be able to get permits for just
    £20-£42 per year, and business permits for riders are slashed to
    £50-£125 per year. Electric motorcycles will park for free.

    Implementation has been delayed but the new charges are now expected to
    come into effect from 30th May 2022.

    Council documents state:

    Although they do emit harmful pollutants, motorcycles do not pollute as
    heavily as other vehicles, and they are a stepping-stone in the right
    direction as they are less polluting than cars. The new proposed pricing
    structure reflects this, and it is hoped that the reduced charges will
    still incentivise movement away from cars and towards motorcycles. As
    technology advances, it is hoped that both car/van and motorcycle owners
    will move towards electric vehicles.

    MAG’s Greater London spokesman, Spen McEvoy, commented:

    “We would have preferred continued free parking for all motorcycles, but
    we have to be realistic. I thank the Council for listening and
    accepting the case for motorcycling. Continued growth in motorcycle
    sales shows that there is a growing appetite for making the switch from
    sitting in stationary cars to making safe progress on a motorcycle. The
    more this is encouraged the greater the benefits that all Londoners will

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]

    I wonder how many motorcyclists will join MAG now, as a Thank You, for saving them a wad of cash ??????
    Best I not hold my breath.
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  4. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

    Apr 27, 2016
    North West England
    Another good news story.
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  5. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG warns drivers to look out for record numbers of motorcycles

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is warning drivers to look out for
    record numbers of motorcycles on Monday 20th June, which sees us
    celebrate the 31st International Ride to Work Day. Motorcycling is
    booming and filter-friendly drivers will gain from this growth in
    motorcycle commuters.

    Monday 20th June marks the 31st International Ride To Work Day and MAG
    has been helping to deliver the international mission to persuade
    record-breaking numbers of riders to participate this year.

    Record levels of participation are achievable given the largely
    unreported growth in this transport choice over the last few years. In
    the space of five years, the number of licenced motorcycles has
    increased by 6.8% in comparison with cars, which have increased by just

    The growth in licenced motorcycle figures indicates increasing numbers
    making the switch from cars to motorcycles, which is benefiting all road
    users. Bikes can filter through traffic, thus reducing levels of
    congestion and pollution on our road network. The benefits to all road
    users are clear, which is why MAG is asking drivers to look out for
    them. Creating a little extra space will not impede car drivers but
    every motorcycle filtering is one less car sitting in the traffic jam.

    The campaign seeks to help employers understand the benefits that
    motorcycling brings as a transport choice. An Employer's Guide urges
    employers to consider motorcycling in their workplace transport plans.
    MAG is also campaigning for consistent access for motorcycles in bus
    lanes. Motorcycles can currently use only 48% of the UK’s bus lanes,
    but a petition has been launched calling on the Government to make
    access for riders the default policy in all bus lanes.

    MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, says:

    “We are looking forward to a day spent promoting the benefits of riding
    a motorcycle to work. The best way to demonstrate those benefits to the
    widest audience is to get as many motorcyclists as possible to
    participate. More bikes on our roads equals more space and less
    pollution on our roads.”

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

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
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  7. Bolosun

    Bolosun Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2020
    They are now going back on that, because they are trying to the bike is classed as goods.
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  8. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    See what you mean. Let's hope they get something sorted out soon. Be great if more people joined MAG, so they could get more money to help FEMA, help us. But I won't hold my breath. :mad:
  9. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    New report shows motorcyclists face disproportionate risk of theft.

    A new report from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) shows that
    motorcyclists face a disproportionate risk of theft. Motorcycles were
    eleven times more likely to be stolen than cars in 2021. Motorcycles
    made up over 25% of all motor vehicle thefts in 2021. MAG will call for
    increased focus on motorcycle theft at the National Vehicle Crime

    MAG’s analysis of reported motorcycle theft data for 2021 shows the
    disproportionate level of theft faced by motorcyclists in the UK. The
    report relies on Freedom of Information data from the nation’s 45
    territorial police forces. Additionally, the report reveals that in
    2021 a little over 3% of all vehicles on UK roads were motorcycles, but
    they represented over 25% of all stolen vehicles.

    Across the country, thieves stole an average 20 in every 1000 licenced
    motorcycles in 2021. In stark contrast, a mere 1.9 in every 1000 cars
    were taken by thieves. MAG is seeking redress. Colin Brown will attend
    the National Vehicle Crime Conference in London on Thursday 30th June.
    The event is billed to be opened by Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for
    Policing. Colin will ask why all the focus is on car and van theft when
    a minority group are facing the highest exposure to the crime.

    Report author, Colin Brown, commented:

    “The analysis will come as little surprise to anyone that rides. As
    motorcyclists we have to deal daily with the threat that our vehicles
    will be stolen. I am disappointed that the National Vehicle Crime
    Working Group still openly states that its priority is cars and vans.
    Any other minority group exposed to such a disproportionate level of
    crime would see rigorous action. We don't receive a level of interest
    by the authorities that matches the scale of the risk riders face.”

    MAG is working with the Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group (MCRG). Also,
    it regularly lobbies Police and Crime Commissioners, Local Authorities
    and the Home Office on the issue. The response to the lobby has, so
    far, been patchy at best. MAG asks that all riders lobby their local
    PCC and MP. As Colin Brown says: "Motorcycle theft cannot continue to
    be treated as a minor issue."
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  10. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
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  11. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
  12. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    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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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG Backs Strong Majority Of Riders in Opposing ICE Ban

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) Chair, Neil Liversidge, has reaffirmed
    that the organisation backs the vast majority of motorcyclists in
    opposing the ICE ban.

    The Department for Transport (DfT) launched its delayed consultation on
    the phaseout of non-zero emission motorcycles on 14th July. The
    consultation, entitled ‘L-category vehicles: ending sales of new
    non-zero emission models’, proposes the end of sales of all new internal
    combustion engine motorcycles by 2035, with sales of smaller petrol
    motorcycles up to 125cc to be banned by 2030.

    MAG Chair, Neil Liversidge, said:

    “MAG totally opposes the proposed ban on the sale of internal
    combustion-engine vehicles (ICEVs), whether it be from 2035, the
    originally mooted 2040, or any other date. MAG likewise opposes any
    policy that leads to increased fuel costs or the reduced availability of
    fuels for ICEVs.”

    Explaining the reason for this robust position, Neil went on to say:

    “Our own survey showed that at least 80% of motorcyclists oppose it,
    despite green activists having targeted our survey to skew the result.
    We estimate that the real proportion of motorcyclists who oppose the ban
    is well over 90%. We shall faithfully represent the views of our
    constituency. A survey in the European Union produced similar numbers
    and we expect FEMA to likewise represent faithfully the views of
    motorcyclists across Europe. We also oppose the ban on the sale of ICE
    cars proposed from 2030 and stand resolutely with the Alliance of
    British Drivers (ABD) with whom we are working through our umbrella
    organisation, Transport Reality.

    We note that the consultation asks from ‘when’ the ban should come
    about? Our answer is “Never!” We demand a dialogue on whether it
    should come about at all.”

    MAG plans to respond robustly to the consultation. Additionally, MAG is
    seeking direct representation with Government Ministers, despite the
    current leadership race. If necessary, MAG will demand to speak to the
    new Prime Minister.

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

    “We have already made representations to the Department’s
    decarbonisation team over the last year. Officials are constrained by
    the existing Net Zero policy and its timetables. These are clearly
    beyond the scope of this consultation. We need to take dialogue to a
    much more strategic level in order to properly represent the strength of
    feeling on this issue. We do not expect this to be an easy discussion,
    but we would be failing the trust of our members by not taking this
    course of action.”

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]

    And then there's this. Seems like a joke if it was funny. You get 30 years for robbing Ashly Coles, than for almost killing an motorcyclist.

    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG calls for sentencing rules review after appalling bike smash. MAG’s
    Chairman slams “Inadequate and insulting” sentencing of drunk driver who
    almost killed a biker.

    Chair of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), Neil Liversidge, has
    expressed his frustration over the Attorney General’s inability to
    review the sentence passed by Judge David Melville QC on drunk driver
    Stephen Jones at Portsmouth Crown Court.

    Jones caused an accident that nearly killed a motorcyclist in April
    2022, but escaped a prison sentence, despite a video showing him driving
    on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing a number of other
    vehicles before colliding head-on with his victim, motorcyclist Scott Lemon.

    The Police reported that Jones - who was nearly four times the legal
    limit - was “so drunk he couldn’t stand”. However, Judge David Melville
    QC refused to send Jones to prison, instead imposing a one-year prison
    sentence, suspended for two years. Jones was also ordered to carry out
    250 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for two
    years. Mr Liversidge said: “A suspended sentence is inadequate and
    insulting. It was pure luck that Mr Lemon was not killed.” See the video:

    Mr Liversidge also noted: “There’s a general perception in the
    motorcycling community that the courts are harsh on motorcyclists when
    they are the perpetrators of vehicle crime, but lenient on the likes of
    Jones who perpetrate crimes against motorcyclists. That’s why I called
    for a specific look at this case, and a general review of sentencing to
    ascertain whether that perception is borne out in reality.”

    The Attorney General and Solicitor General do have the power to ask the
    Court of Appeal to review certain sentences which appear to them to be
    unduly lenient, but only sentences imposed for a limited number of
    offences. The offences for which Stephen Jones was sentenced are not
    offences to which the scheme applies. However, a wider review is being
    undertaken, led by the Sentencing Council, regarding 12 guidelines for
    motoring offences – and MAG fully intends to make its views known. “We
    don’t want special favours,” Neil said, “We just don’t want to be
    treated as second class citizens.” To comment on the consultation, go to:

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

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

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    Do you care ??

    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG fires first shots on motorcycle ICE Ban consultation

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has fired its first shots in response
    to the motorcycle ICE ban consultation. MAG is demanding dialogue far
    beyond the scope of the consultation. An initial meeting established
    fact about potential outcomes to the consultation. MAG sees no
    potential for a good outcome within the scope of the consultation process.

    Following the publication of the much-delayed consultation on 14th July,
    MAG arranged an initial meeting with Department for Transport (DfT)
    officials. The meeting took place on 21st July.

    Firstly, officials confirmed that the consultation will not consider
    questions of ‘if’, only of ‘when’. 'When' is proposed to be 2030 or
    sooner for 125cc and smaller bikes. For larger capacity bikes the
    proposal remains as no later than 2035. Arguments for dates beyond 2035
    are highly unlikely to win favour. The officials said a date beyond
    2040 is entirely off the table.

    Secondly, with respect to claimed technology neutrality, only battery
    electric, fuel cells or hydrogen are viewed as options. Hydrogen burnt
    in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) is considered to be highly unlikely.

    Finally, carbon neutral liquid fuels for ICE is considered to be nothing
    more than a short-term transition fuel for existing ICE. The DfT rules
    out synthetic or bio fuels as a solution for the continued sale of new

    MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, commented:

    “None of this came as a surprise to me. I made MAG’s opposition to the
    proposed policy clear. MAG is representing the views of its members
    and, we believe, the vast majority of bikers. We will engage fully in
    the consultation process, but there is no path to a good outcome. The
    discussion needs to go far beyond the limited scope of the consultation.
    We have formally submitted a request for an urgent meeting with the
    Minister with responsibility for the decarbonisation of transport, Trudy
    Harrison MP. If necessary we will continue escalating this all the way
    up to the new Prime Minister. First shots have been fired and MAG is
    mobilising for a period of intense campaigning.”

    MAG is seeking a far wider discussion on decarbonisation and the future
    of transport as a whole. MAG Chair, Neil Liversidge, will lead the
    Ministerial meetings, backed by both Colin Brown and Lembit Opik (MAG’s
    Director of Communications & Public Affairs). In the meeting request
    sent to Trudy Harrison MP, Neil wrote:

    “I must state that The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is following the
    wishes of its members and the wider motorcycling community in opposing
    this policy. I appreciate that this may place us at polar opposite
    positions, but I feel it is essential that our position is clearly
    explained and considered in a wider context than the current
    consultation scope allows.

    The measures as proposed will curtail individual freedom, damage the UK
    economy, worsen energy security, and reduce living standards for tens of
    millions of people, without helping the environment at all. Our
    solution will enhance everyone’s quality of life and be better for the
    environment, the economy, and our security as a nation.”

    A second meeting of the UK Motorcycle Forum (UKM) has been scheduled for
    11th August. The MCIA has been quick to express disappointment about
    the inclusion of 125cc bikes in the 2030 slot. MAG is far beyond
    expressing disappointment, and will fight on.

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

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    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.
    Do you care ??

    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    MAG asks Essex Police to promote Filter Friendly campaign

    The Motorcycle Action Group ((MAG) has asked Essex Police to amend their
    advice to motorcyclists not to filter through traffic, branding it
    dangerous and counterproductive to road safety.

    MAG’s activist network picked up the offending post on the Essex police
    Facebook page where it was drawing a large volume of complaints from
    bikers. Within a matter of hours, MAG asked Essex Police to amend their
    advice with MAG National Chairman, Neil Liversidge, writing directly to
    Essex Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington QPM.

    Neil stated:

    “Nobody doubts for a second the genuineness of Essex Police’s
    intentions, but this is bad advice and needs changing immediately. There
    is a certain type of car driver - and all of us who ride motorcycles
    have encountered them - that hate motorcyclists and are envious of our
    ability to make progress through traffic jams while they sit and stew.
    These are the people who see us coming in their mirrors and reposition
    their cars to block us. For the police to say, “it’s dangerous, don’t do
    it," runs the risk that the ‘haters’ will feel justified in their
    behaviour and after they have knocked us off, will point to the police
    advice and say, “It’s your fault – the police have warned you.”

    The advice also risks poisoning the minds of magistrates, Judges, and
    potential jurors who might, in the future, sit on cases where a car
    driver has knocked off a filtering biker. It may even lead to bias
    amongst police officers themselves, and CPS prosecutors.

    MAG’s ‘Filter Friendly’ campaign
    has been developed in conjunction with officers in Northamptonshire
    Police who assisted us in making the video and support the campaign. We
    have been particularly grateful for the support of Nick Adderley, Chief
    Constable of Northamptonshire Police, and NPCC lead for motorcycling,
    for his enthusiasm and assistance. Hopefully, Essex can talk to Northants.”

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

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    MAG do all this for you for 0.07 pence a day. A bargain I think you'll agree.

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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    Please see below a request for help in researching into motorcycle usage
    in the UK.

    Thank you in advance.

    New Research into Motorcycle Usage in the UK

    Have you ever commuted by motorcycle or scooter? Have you ever thought
    about commuting by motorcycle or scooter? Is it something you do every
    day, or a few days a month? Or are you thinking no way, I’m not doing
    that! What stops you, what spurs you on? What are the pros and cons, the
    barriers that prevent more people from doing it?

    This is the subject of my latest research. There is lots of evidence to
    suggest that there are many benefits to a wider use of motorcycles and
    other forms of powered two-wheeler for commuting to work. From
    environmental benefits, to reduced road congestion, to improved mental
    health. So why don’t more people do it? What could be done to promote
    this now minority mode of transport and make it an accepted everyday way
    of travelling here in the UK?

    Maybe you already know the answer? Or maybe like me you need to know the
    details, the facts and figures, the motivations. Either way your views
    and opinions are valuable so please take part today by completing a
    short online questionnaire that can be found at the following link:

    It’s anonymous, totally confidential and you’d be helping to support
    research into motorcycling and the future of two-wheeled transport. The
    more people take part, the more valid this piece of research work will
    be. You don’t need to be commuting by motorcycle to take part. If you
    have a motorcycle licence, even if you don’t currently have a motorbike,
    your opinions are still valuable. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes
    to complete, so please take part before the deadline of August the 19th.

    That link again:

    Thank you for your support in helping with this important research.

    Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or [email protected]

  16. beerkat

    beerkat Senior Member

    Aug 14, 2019
    Cheshire UK
    Damn, you beat me to it :grinning:! I was just about to post on this subject.

    It's unbelievable to think that the Essex police are attempting to stop bikers filtering. No doubt those that have come up with this short-sighted idea would like to see filtering banned altogether, lets hope this isn't the thin end..
    Personally I filter between cars on motorways and dual carriageways when the traffic slows and I've experienced very few instances of car drivers deliberately trying to block me. Predictably the majority don't check their mirrors often enough, so don't see me coming but I ride defensively and assume that's the case. Having said that I'm pleasantly surprised when a driver moves over to give me more room, in fact I'm seeing that more frequently. I usually give a thumbs-up when it happens. Similarly, I often ride to the front when traffic stops, for example at lights, providing there's room.
    Being able to slip through traffic jams and avoid contributing to them is one of the (many) benefits of riding and for a police force to tell us to stop is just plain wrong :mad:.
    Fortunately MAG is on the case and hopefully will stop this lunacy before it spreads. Any non-MAG riders out there need to get their fingers out..and their wallets..and sign up, because very few others are fighting our corner!
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  17. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
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    MAG demands evidence riders will not be put at risk by self-driving

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is extremely concerned by today’s
    announcement that self-driving vehicles could be allowed on UK motorways
    as soon as next year. With EuroNCAP testing of detection and reaction
    to motorcycles only scheduled to start in 2023, MAG wants evidence that
    motorcyclists will not be placed at risk.

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today unveiled plans to allow
    self-driving vehicles to be rolled out on UK roads by 2025. Some
    vehicles, including cars, coaches and lorries, with self-driving
    features could be operating on motorways in the next year. Today’s (19
    August 2022) plans set out new legislation allowing for the wider
    rollout of self-driving vehicles by 2025.

    Announcements were made in October 2021 that EuroNCAP will start testing
    driver support systems in cars, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking and
    Lane Support Systems, on their performance in detecting and reacting to
    motorcyclists from 2023.

    The Motorcycle Action Group has long expressed concerns that detection
    systems do not adequately cope with motorcyclists. In 2016, research by
    RDW (the Netherlands Vehicle Authority) showed that cars with an
    innovative driving system, such as an adaptive cruise control, were
    capable of noticing motorcycles, but when motorcycles rode at the edge
    of their lane, the adaptive cruise control did not respond well to them.
    In many tests, action had to be taken by the driver of the car to
    prevent a collision.

    MAG Chair, Neil Liversidge, commented:

    “It is a source of great concern that - once again - the interests of
    motorcyclists are an afterthought. Years of development of these
    systems have not taken sufficient care of motorcyclists’ interests.
    Whilst the elimination of driver error may be a laudable goal, it is of
    no interest if that error is simply replaced by automatic incompetence.
    We will be holding the Government and authorities to account and
    demanding to see genuine evidence that these vehicles will not place
    riders at higher risk than human drivers do. Given that independent
    testing is yet to commence, I find it hard to understand how the
    Minister can be so confident that the roll-out is sensible at this time.”
  18. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

    Apr 27, 2016
    North West England
    Yes a very worrying development of this technology. Unless they can give cast iron evidence that auto driver solutions are safe for all road users 2025 should be delayed.
  19. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    What I don't get, if you want to go driverless, then go in a taxi. What's the point other than removing the brain dead car drivers ability to crash into us, just let the driverless car do it instead ??.
  20. Bikerman

    Bikerman I used to have 5500 posts.

    Oct 29, 2014
    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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    News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

    Motorcyclists To Be Exempt From Traffic Filters In Oxford.

    The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) welcomes an announcement that
    motorcyclists will be exempt from traffic filter trials in Oxford. This
    news follows recent success in achieving consideration for motorcycles
    as a separate mode of transport in the Oxfordshire Local Transport and
    Connectivity Plan.

    Oxfordshire County Council has revealed plans for a trial of six traffic
    filters in 2023. Traffic filters are being introduced to make bus
    journeys quicker and more reliable, and reduce local air pollution. The
    proposed trials are seen as a win because mopeds and motorbikes are
    included in the list of exempt vehicles.

    The exemption for motorcycles is a direct consequence of work by MAG to
    convince Oxfordshire County Council that motorcycles need separate
    consideration from other motorised vehicles. In response, the Council
    has deliberately listed motorcycles as a separate transport mode in its
    transport user hierarchy. This deliberate demarcation allows policy
    decisions that recognise the benefits that the mode can deliver.

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

    “It is reassuring to see that the efforts we put into getting this
    seemingly innocuous recognition written into the County’s local
    transport plan paying dividends. Motorcycles are rarely mentioned as a
    separate mode in key transport policy documents and, as a consequence,
    simply suffer the same results as cars. Here we see that when they are
    considered separately the outcome for riders is very different.
    Motorcycles are finally being recognised as part of a solution rather
    than as part of the problem. We hope that other councils will sit up
    and take note.”

    The trial will be introduced as an experimental transport regulation
    order (ETRO) following a Pre-ETRO consultation and Cabinet sign off
    expected in autumn of 2022. The trial at six locations is planned to
    start in Summer 2023.

    Cherwell District Councillor John Broad, who has worked tirelessly with
    MAG for recognition of the benefits of motorcycling, said:

    “By many motorcyclists in Oxfordshire keeping up the pressure on
    officers producing the County and City transport plans, results do
    eventually occur. The relatively small inconvenience to local
    motorcyclists of having to respond to consultations can have big gains
    for the future use of motorcycles as a recognised part of the transport
    Following on from news that motorcycles will be exempted from traffic
    filter trials in Oxford, MAG has received notice that there are some
    councillors and pressure groups trying to get this exemption changed.

    Please take the time to respond to the consultation and make a statement
    under ‘Do you have any other views on the proposals?’ along the lines
    of: “I strongly support the exemption for mopeds and motorcycles; they
    make efficient use of road space and should be encouraged.”

    The consultation survey can be found here:

    Let's Talk Oxfordshire
    Consultation on trial traffic filters 2022
    Introduction We are proposing six trial traffic filters on key routes across Oxford to improve bus services and journey times, reduce walking and cycling accidents and improve air quality across the city. We are proposing to introduce them under an...

    We will be submitting a formal response from MAG HQ, but as always a
    clear demonstration by large numbers of riders responding will be key to

    Email received from Oxford Traffic Filters today:

    We are writing to you with an update on transport plans for Oxford and
    its surrounding areas, including our proposals for a workplace parking
    levy, traffic filters and expanded city centre zero emission zone.

    Thank you for engaging with us and giving us your views on these plans
    to date. Since announcing these updated proposals in February 2022, we
    have had close to a hundred meetings with our partners across the county
    including local businesses, resident associations, schools, disability
    groups and hospitals.

    A request from many of these groups was to phase the consultation and
    implementation of the three schemes. We have decided to prioritise the
    traffic filters and are now proposing to introduce them as a trial next
    summer 2023. This will allow us to monitor the impact of the traffic
    filters on the ground, seek views on how they are working and make
    changes, if necessary, before any decision is made about whether to make
    them permanent or not.

    We want your views before making a decision on introducing the trial
    traffic fillers. A consultation on trialling the traffic filters started
    this week and lasts until 3 October 2022. If approved by county council
    cabinet, we would expect the trial to start in the summer of 2023 and
    continue for a minimum of six months. Members of the public and
    stakeholders will be able to continue to give us their views on the
    trial during this six-month period. The implementation of the traffic
    filters is needed to unlock the commitment from bus operators Oxford Bus
    Company and Stagecoach West and the Department for Transport to invest
    in 159 new electric buses in Oxford and allow reinvestment into the
    Oxfordshire bus network.

    Please visit our website to find out more about the traffic filters and
    respond to the survey:
    The survey and supporting documents are now available.

    In the meantime, we will also continue with the assessment and modelling
    of the likely impact of the traffic filters alongside the workplace
    parking levy and zero emission zone on our economy, air quality and
    traffic levels in Oxford. Public consultation on the workplace parking
    levy and zero emission zone is likely to take place next year. We will
    continue to engage with stakeholders and members of the public during
    this consultation period.

    Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) and Central Oxfordshire
    Travel Plan

    The Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) sets out the county
    council’s vision for developing a world leading, innovative and carbon
    neutral transport system with a focus on how people move safely and
    quickly around their communities, the city and the county. The LTCP was
    adopted by full council on 12 July 2022.

    As part of the LTCP, the council is developing area travel plans that
    will outline how the LTCP vision and outcomes are delivered across the
    county. The Central Oxfordshire Travel Plan is the first of these travel
    plans that defines how the LTCP vision will be delivered in Oxford,
    Kidlington, Eynsham, Botley, Cumnor, Kennington and Wheatley. It is one
    of a number of area travel plans to be developed for the county.

    You can find out more about the travel plan for central Oxfordshire and
    give us your views by visiting: The survey
    is open till 3 October 2022.
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