Anti-bike legislation demo. 25/09/11

MAG organising a mass protest against proposed EU bike legislation

Posted: 25 August 2011
by Visordown News

THE Motorcycle Action Group are organising a mass protest against proposed EU bike legislation currently being discussed that will introduce mandatory DayGlo clothing for all riders, 'anti-tampering' regulations and roadside stop-and-check procedures.

In defence of motorcycling MAG have planned a rider demo with a peaceful protest taking place from selected motorway and dual carriageway services, heading on to countrywide rides against the anti-bike plans. Taking place on Sunday 25th September from noon.

Some of the main issues brought to attention 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.

All the start points will on the MAG website nearer the day.


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You know, in Italy, Slovenia and some other EU countries this "proposed EU legislation" (or at least some part of) is law since the 90s..
For example, in Italy to fit aftermarket exhaust pipe, fairing, tyres (ESPECIALLY tyres) etc. is like a bureaucracy living-hell.
However standard on-board exhaust diagnostic on car is mandatory from the dawn of time, compulsory ABS is a good thing and the new EU license system is a step in the right direction (and two in the wrong..).
They really need to put down the age requirements..
In Italy when I was 16 you were used to drive 23 kW, 190 km/h top speed 125cc bikes. Now you gotta wait until your 18. Ridiculous.

Posted: 25/08/2011 at 16:52

Motorbikes must be destroying the world. Havent authorities got anything better to do? Who are these people and why is the head bent around and stuck up the arse? I just got back from S. America where life is normal and you just get along. Id suggest these Euro control freaks go there and have a taste of reality.

Posted: 25/08/2011 at 22:08

Apparently we need to be protected from ourselves :rolleyes:

More gravy train shite we neither want or need...

Posted: 26/08/2011 at 10:31

Who thinks up this stuff and can someone not give them some real work to do?!?!

Posted: 26/08/2011 at 13:12

Join the demo & make your feelings know... we are at the watershed and time is running out in which to put a stop to this bollocks.

Posted: 04/09/2011 at 19:20

Next, they will be complaing that the ozone deleption is exacerbated by the methane cows produce when bred for our leathers

Posted: 08/09/2011 at 10:16

I'm with BikerBool, if we don't make a stand all that is biking will be strangled by faceless bureaucrats and politicians. So see you all on the 25th September

Posted: 08/09/2011 at 11:38

32yrs ive been riding .. & now thanks to the heavy handedness of camera's unmarked police bikes & hiden speed traps IVE given UP so all these euro DUMB arse's & UK politicians can go f*ck themself's THERE not getting a penny more out of me charge me road TAX & the pot holes alone are enough to kill YOU PUT ABS on my new bikes IF YOURE so soft that you need abs THEN you shouldent be riding in the 1st place! DAYGLO tops ... IF these idiots cant HEAR or see a bike coming down the road with its lights ON then what the hell will a few funny colour'd stripe's DO? WE DID OUR PROTEST IN some motorway we should have riddin STRAIGHT to whitehall & made the city STOP !!
sorry for having a RANT but i feel better now! (alittle bit better)
F1N9ERS from LONDON

Posted: 28/09/2011 at 14:52

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