MAG organises flash action day against anti-biker plans

Published: 04:37PM Aug 19th, 2011
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The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is urging riders across the UK to take part in a mass ‘flash action’ day on Sunday, 25 September.

MAG organises flash action day against anti-biker plans

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

1 Response to “MAG organises flash action day against anti-biker plans”

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judge dredd  Says:

January, 8th 2012 at 09:32 pm

The problem of conspicuity by headlights and dayglo has ben with us since the 1970 and still the same accidents are frequently hapening in the same places, ie junctions and roundabouts. so even with more and more rideres making themselves more conspicious and even riding slower and more into the carriageway they are still not being seen.

Its about time we realised that its not our fault,other than the fact that we are there. no matter what specialist may argue that there is a fault in our vision since early caveman days and an inability to see non dangerous things travelling towards us..

We must responde that if a driver was to look for a further one second, rather than just glance then he would have time to see more. particularly if he was trained during driving lessons to look for certain road users such as a[ pedal cyclists or b] twv. for several hours during a session.

they must also be more aware to look first to the right asnd then to the left as about 25% at present look the wrong way first and having seen that clear move out before they even attemtp to look towards me.

Its not our fault and yet for decades we have been bombarded with safety ideas and riding techniques [ some very good ones by the way ] but to no avail its now time to say its not our fault, we are not to blame, we are the victims and its about time things changed.

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