MAG organises flash action day against anti-biker plans
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is urging riders across the UK to take part in a mass ‘flash action’ day on Sunday, 25 September.
The rider demo is to peacefully protest against proposed EU bike legislation currently being discussed, including DayGlo clothing for all riders, motorcycle ‘anti-tampering’ regulations and even roadside stop and check procedures.
Some of the main issues the protest wants to draw attention to are:
■ Anti Tampering Regulation and specifically article 18, which wants to stop all modifciations to the complete bike power train, from the airbox through to controlling rear tyre profiles
■ Article 52, which states: “If systems, components or separate technical units on a list in a delegated act to this regulation, have a dual use, for vehicles intended exclusively for racing and for vehicles intended for use on public roads, they may not be sold or offered for sale to consumers.” For example, if a K&N air filter can fit a CBR race bike and a CBR road bike, the best way to police that is to make it illegal to sell the filter in Europe
■ Compulsory ABS for all bikes. MAG wishes to have it available as a switchable option in conditions where ABS does not work well – for example off-road
■ On board diagnostics: this will enable easy roadside checks of emissions so that constant read-outs of engine performance can be taken, which could lead to a ‘tacho style’ monitoring of riding style
■ Not to have the wearing of DayGlo clothing made compulsory for riders and/or pillions as is being proposed in France and Ireland.
■ Forthcoming EU bike licence directive 3DLD to step the bike licencing system further, due to be transposed into law by Jan 2013.
The EU will vote on the Anti-Tampering Regulation in October before it then goes before Parliment.
The flash action day demos will be gathering at noon from selected motorway and dual carriageway services, and the countrywide rides will then start simultaneously at 1pm. There will be no roundabouts or traffic lights to split the 45-50mph runs.
Action has already been planned on many of the UK’s major motorways and A-roads such as the A1, A38, A34 and A14. All the start points will on the MAG website nearer the day: www.mag-uk.org
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