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Offline Hawk900

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Re: Possible MAG support for the NoToMob
« Reply #60 on: 08 September, 2011, 07:53:16 AM »
A map of meet points
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Nigel W

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Re: Possible MAG support for the NoToMob
« Reply #61 on: 08 September, 2011, 10:34:41 AM »
Only one meeting point inside the M25  :o  ::)))

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Re: Possible MAG support for the NoToMob
« Reply #62 on: 22 September, 2011, 06:50:42 PM »
Just got a email update from MAG

DEMO UPDATE With just 4 days to go before we all ride on Sunday 25th, we are already
making waves.

Another MP, Mark Lancaster has now confirmed he'll be riding from
Northampton services on the M1 and 6 MEPs have said they will be at
their local runs to show support. This number is likely to grow as more
call the office each day.

The IMCO vote has now been postponed again!
This time to the 22nd November, which means that the EU Parliament won't
now be voting on this Type Approval Regulation until next year.

The great news is that all this delay is directly related to the fuss we
are causing. This Regulation will not be rubber stamped.

There appears to be some friction between National Governments and the
EU that didn't exist before you all started writing letters.

The standard responses we were receiving from MEPs earlier in the year
have now become more focussed.

The Labour block of MEPs now appear to be supporting either a switch on
ABS, or no compulsion.

The UK Government is now as concerned as we are, that there hasn't been
the research to back much of the content in the Proposal and that the
Impact Assessment carried out was not robust.

They are concerned about the impact on consumers (us!), the increased
costs and complexity of bikes and the right of the UK to maintain its
Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) system, so that one off customs can still
be built.

On a less positive note, we've run out of T-shirts!

Orders came in so thick and fast that we had to reorder from the
suppliers and they were all sold before we'd even received them! Sorry
if you missed out, but some of the start points may still have a few for
sale on the day.

The other 'not so helpful' development, is that the Road Safety
Authority in Ireland has confirmed that it intends to make hi-viz
clothing compulsory for all motorcyclists from 2014.

The Motorcycle Action Group (UK) requested confirmation yesterday after
the RSA told a reporter on the Northern Irish newspaper 'NewsLetter';

" present the RSA's preference is for the voluntary wearing of high
visibility jackets rather than compulsion."

This contradicted the RSA's position in the National Motorcycle Safety
Action Plan 2010-14 which proposes the introduction of regulations for
the mandatory wearing of high visibility upper body clothing with full
sleeves for ride and pillion passenger.

Brian Farrell, Communications Manager at the Road Safety Authority,
emailed MAG(UK) in response to a request for clarification, saying;

"I can confirm that the RSA has not dropped the position outlined in the
Motorcycle Action plan. We do intend to seek to introduce the measure in
2014, subject to consultation with motorcyclists and industry on the
most appropriate type of hi-viz material."

MAG(UK)'s General Secretary Nich Brown said;

"too many riders have been unwilling to believe they will be forced to
wear day-glo clothing in the near future.  Until now the RSA has
soft-pedalled its determination to legislate, but now there is no doubt
that the authorities are serious"

The Highways Agency will be putting on extra patrols to help out near
each start point and they have confirmed that the motorway signs from
6am all across the country, will read 'Think bike!'

Not only are the Police being 'understanding' but I now know quite a few
of them will be joining us if they have the day off.

Now, let's hope it doesn't rain!
Kind regards

Paddy Tyson
Campaigns Co-ordinator
MAG (UK) - Motorcycle Action Group

I'm meeting up at the Oakdean cafe  :-ev-:
I don't get angry, I get even


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