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SUCCESSFUL MAG MEETING WITH MINISTER

The Motorcycle Action Group met parliamentary under secretary for state Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the DfT’s junior minister responsible for roads, on 27 January, for what it described as an “open and positive” exchange of views. 

In a statement following this meeting, Baroness Vere said: “I thank the representatives of the Motorcycle Action Group for the meeting, and the case they made for motorcycling. I feel there are a number of areas where MAG and the government can work more closely together in order to raise the profile of motorcycling and improve outcomes for riders.  I have asked MAG to provide me with a list of their top five priorities and look forward to reviewing these.”

MAG is now surveying its membership, seeking their preferences for key actions that riders think will have the most positive impacts.  MAG’s national committee will then collate and agree a final list, for submission to Baroness Vere in late February.

Commenting on this progress, MAG chairwoman Selina Lavender said: “I’m delighted by the minister’s desire to make positive change for riders.  We cannot claim to have achieved everything our hearts desire, as our expectations must remain reasonable, but we have been given a great opportunity to get real results for motorcyclists.”

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