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09/10/2019

MAG, the motorcyclists’ organisation, has rejected the UK government's ban on petrol vehicles to be implemented from 2040.

Members have sent a "strong and uncompromising message" regarding what they see as "unworkable and unrealistic transport policies that are being promoted by politicians of all colours". The development came on 28 September at MAG UK's 45th annual group conference.

During the conference, several proposals made by former MAG national chairman Neil Liversidge (pictured) were discussed and put to the vote. All passed; most by an overwhelming majority.

A statement said: "We reject the proposed 2040 ban on the sale of internal combustion-powered vehicles, or any similar ban at any other date. Promoting freedom of choice, the position rejects assumptions that electrification of the entire vehicle fleet in the UK is achievable. However, we support electrification and improvement of an affordable public transport network, which will naturally encourage voluntary reductions in the use of private transport.

"Finally, the introduction of fully autonomous vehicles on UK roads is opposed, owing to evidence suggesting they will never be sufficiently safe on a road environment that must necessarily accommodate motorcyclists and cyclists without segregation."

A further resolution, brought by life member Stephen Kearney, reaffirmed the central role of motorcycles in MAG’s vision, which promotes motorcycles as the most efficient and least polluting fossil fuel-powered transport mode.

Liversidge said: “We recognise that transport needs to change, given the UK’s dense population, but dictatorial measures such as banning internal combustion-powered vehicles are not the way to do it. Put in a proper public transport system so people have a real choice, and let them keep their bikes and cars and way of life. A lot is talked these days about respecting different cultures: well, we have a culture too and we demand that it is respected. Internal combustion-powered vehicles have brought massive benefits to millions of people that electric vehicles will never realistically bring.”

MAG is a member of FEMA.