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MAG CHALLENGES PETROLHEAD BIKE BAN

Motorcycle Action Group director of campaigns and political engagement Colin Brown is to meet Trudy Harrison, the government’s new minister with responsibility for transport decarbonisation, to present evidence challenging a ban on internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycles.

Surveys carried out by both MAG and the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations (FEMA) show that an overwhelming majority of riders are opposed to the phase-out of traditionally-powered motorcycles. And although it accepts a need to consider wider environmental issues, MAG has committed to represent this view honestly and openly, while promoting a genuine will to work with the government.

“The issue of transport decarbonisation, and the current proposals to end the sale of ICE motorcycles, are major concerns for our members,” said Brown in advance of his get-together with Harrison. “There are many issues that riders have about the proposed phase-out. These are legitimate and need to be addressed. 

“We honestly believe that there are better ways to move towards the government’s net zero target. This meeting will give us the first opportunity to put forward our case. It is a vital step towards enabling us to open a positive dialogue that will protect the interests of motorcyclists.”

Brown added: “It has been very tough to gain a meaningful discussion with officials until now. I believe this is largely due to the DfT focus on four-wheeled vehicles. This has been disappointing, and riders certainly feel their voice has not been heardt. Given the minister’s recent comments about being an advocate for motorcycling in her department, we are really encouraged that her appointment indicates a more proactive attitude.”

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