British bikers stand up against European anti-bike measures
Like their French counterparts a couple of weeks ago, British bikers gathered yesterday in Birmingham, UK’s second largest city, to protest at a series of anti-bike measures proposed by the European Union (EU), of which the United Kingdom is a full and permanent member state.
Among those measures, which are designed to bring extra cash to the national government of each member state, we could soon see all bikers across Europe having to wear high-visibility fluorescent vests, as well as banning the same bikers from servicing their motorbikes and scooters themselves, thus forcing them to have the job done by a registered mechanic instead. Those who currently service their bike themselves, including changing brakes, tyres and replacing defective parts, could soon be facing fines and prosecution under European rules if they fail to bring their motorcycle to a registered mechanic. Motorcyclenews.com report that Engine Control Units (ECUs), which govern fuel supply, could become sealed to prevent tampering, and exhausts could get bolts and could only be removed by dealers with specialised tools, according to the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA). All new motorbikes and scooters over 125cc will have ABS from 2017 under the plans, while smaller models will have to have either ABS or linked front and rear brakes.
MAG – Motorcycle Action Group, a leading UK based motorcycle pressure group - organised yesterday a UK wide demonstration in Birmingham to show the EU politicians who are trying to push through the above measures (among others) that British bikers, along with their French neighbours, will stand up against them until these vile attacks on motorcyclists across the EU are totally abandoned. Whilst France and the United Kingdom each have their own domestic issues (such as for instance a ban on traffic filtering / lane splitting in France and the unpopular introduction of a motorcycle parking tax in central London by Westminster City Council), anything that is Europe driven will be fought against in a united manner across borders.
It was interesting to see how forcing all bikers to wear a high-visibility vest was perceived in the UK compared with France. Bikers in both nations seem to be totally opposed to the idea on the basis that the proposed legislation fails to consider what protective clothing must be worn underneath that vest to ensure the safety of all riders. Like in France a couple of weeks ago, a few riders turned up at the demonstration yesterday wearing what politicians consider to be absolutely legal across the European Union (see left). Could we say that those politicians have just not got the slightest clue about riders’ safety or would that be an under-statement? If a candidate turned up for module 2 of the motorcycle test dressed like the rider shown on the left and made absolutely no mistakes during the test, would the examiner have grounds to make the rider fail the test just because of their clothing?
If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).
Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).
Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/
Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez http://www.notobikeparkingtax.com/
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