IN TREWLAWNY TRADITION
knew the reason why they gathered together on Sunday 25th
September. They formed one leg of nationwide protest ride, travelling at 40 mph along the A30 to raise awareness
of new EU Directives that would have a deep impact on them.
Their concern is
that increased legislation will not only unfairly restrict and single-out
motorcycle users, but will put many custom and repair firms out of business,
and impose additional work onto the local police force – especially now that
Devon & Cornwall Police have scrapped their traffic unit in the wave of cut
hosted one of the 110 start points that saw 40,000 bikers on the UK
arterial roads, in an event organised by the Motorcycle Action Group.
Vice Chairman, Richard Hallett said, 'Moorlanders MCC is a non political Club, but this will effect every rider.
It is very important we all
The ride, a nationwide event organised by the Motorcycle Action
Group (MAG) was intended to draw attention to a raft of EU proposals
aimed at motorcycling. The local ride mirrors over 70 others that will take
place around the UK
at exactly the same time.
A proposed EU Regulation threatens the right of owners to modify their
machines, and yet another one, which aims to harmonise roadworthiness testing,
would single out motorcycles for regular roadside checks.
Besides the EU proposals,
domestic legislation in France will undermine motorcycling as part of an
integrated transport policy and the rights of those who ride, because the
French Government intends to:
• Make all bikers wear high visibility/reflective clothing
• Prohibit filtering between cars in traffic jams
• Prohibit bikes over seven years of age from urban areas
MAG’s Campaigns Manager, Paddy Tyson said, “MAG is determined that the onus of
blame should not be shifted to riders in an accident situation where a 3rd
party didn’t actually look and conspicuity arguments are irrelevant. Both
French and Irish Governments have failed to provide research to support their
ideas and MAG is concerned that the insurance industry in the UK may impose
compulsion, when educating all road users in hazard avoidance, would be more
Regarding the EU Regulation, Paddy said “The motorcycle industry has been under
severe pressure recently with new licensing directives dissuading riders and
what our congested roads need are more bikes, not increased legislation to
The demonstration was also intended to express solidarity with French and Irish
For more information about the local event contact Richard on 07738892089 or
MAG Central Office 01926 844064 firstname.lastname@example.org