Monday, 25 June 2012

Motorcycle Protest

This weekend I joined hundreds of bikers before they embarked on a protest cavalcade down the M4 - one of 12 major demonstrations up and down the UK, organised by the Motorcycle Action Group to protest against proposed EU legislation that will limit the right to modify new bikes and make on board diagnostics compulsory.

At 1300 the motorcyclists set off from the12 meeting points - representing the 12 EU Parliamentary Constituencies.

 In Wales, the protestors embarked upon their ride at Junction 49 of the M4 and were accompanied by police escort.

There is no evidence to support this notion that modifications are unsafe or environmentally unfriendly. Compulsory ABS and automatic headlights will render older models illegal and also shift more responsibility onto motorcyclists and away from dangerous road users.

 Similarly the proposed On Board Diagnostics are a breach of liberty and will force motorcyclists to take bikes into dealerships, preventing any mechanical work from being done at home.

The burden of the regulation far outweighs any sort of justification and will cost motorcyclists heavily. 

The turn out is incredible which just goes to demonstrate how passionate many motorcyclists are about their vehicles and the disgust that is felt about the EU interfering with probably the most liberating form of transport.

The message from Brussels demonises motorcyclists. 

Everyone I spoke to agreed that safety and respect are paramount in motorcycling, which is why they take such umbrage at being persecuted this way. 

It's simply another example of the EU churning out legislation simply because it thinks it can.


  1. this is so true i was recently in a serious rta and the police officer dealing with it told me that i should not of been riding any way as bikes are dangerous the fact is the car driver turned in front of me with out looking and with out signaling but im the one that got the bollocking
    not the irresponsible car driver

    1. I have watched some very interesting television programmes dealing with traffic problems. One featured a police motorcyclist who is also an enthusiatic 'biker'. I wonder what his comments would be?

  2. The EU Cannot leave anything alone!

  3. Are the protests having any impact on preventing the legislation from being enacted?