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Post by Kennypa4 on Tue 9 Aug - 2:31

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Post by G-force on Tue 9 Aug - 18:34

This is absolute madness! If it goes through we're all screwed!
I'd definitely be up for attending the nearest protest.

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Post by Kennypa4 on Wed 10 Aug - 5:08

I mate we will thats i am just about to Rat the gs 500 as well That would be me f d I will keep an eye on the mag site see if it gives any destinations .

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Post by Kennypa4 on Wed 10 Aug - 5:23

05-08-2011 Euro-Watchdog backs MAG members complaints over EU interference in biking.

MAG member Jon Strong has had yet more success in his highly detailed challenge to some of the EU Commission’s most lazy assertions about what’s good for you and me as riders.
The European Ombudsman (responsible for checking whether the EU is playing the game fairly) recently found that the European Commission unjustifiably refused to answer Jon’s queries or to supply official documents relating to a range of issues that will have a big impact on biking, eg; the changes to EU Type Approval, the potential for a Europe-wide Super-MoT test, EU spending on aspects of road safety and development of safety technologies that could threaten biking as we know it.

Now you can do something very simple that will help Jon press his case and shine a spotlight on attempts to steam-roller further restrictions on bike design, modification and use.

ACTION: All that is needed to show the authorities that there is genuine public concern about this, is for enough people reading this article to contact the Ombudsman asking for copies of Jon’s original complaint and the supporting documents. That will make sure the complaint won’t get buried.

Please quote ‘Ref 0875/2011/jf’ in your request just asking for it will have sent the message. Use the contact form on the Ombudsman’s website www.ombudsman.europa.eu/shortcuts/contacts.faces Alternatively, send a letter or fax…

Médiateur européen 1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman

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F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex

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Fax: +33 3 88 17 90 62

Why are we asking you to do this..?

There are signs that the Ombudsman isn’t yet fully convinced or supportive of Jon’s efforts in trying to hold the Commission to account. The Ombudsman did not agree that Jon had tried hard enough to get the Commission to rethink the proposal that motorcycles should be subject to roadside emission spot-checks in future - this seems odd given that it was the Commission who wouldn’t respond to Jon’s questions.

Since raising these various examples of the Commision not doing its homework before proposing further restrictions on biking, Jon has also asked to be shown the evidence in favour of EU proposals for random/regular roadside inspections of motorcycles and fo the Commission to show whether it has properly considered the liberty issues.

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Post by G-force on Sat 20 Aug - 23:33

I filled in the form on the ombudsmans website, it took less than a minute. Simply asked for copies of the complaint and any supporting documentation.
Let's see what happens..

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Documents Received.

Post by G-force on Thu 8 Sep - 3:45

I got a reply from the obudsman with a link to related documents..

Strasbourg, 01.09.2011 S2011-141720


Complaint 875/2011/JF
Dear Sir/Madam,
You have made a request for access to documents concerning the above-mentioned case.
Your request was handled on the basis of Article 4 of the Ombudsman's Statute and Article 14 of his Implementing Provisions.
Please find a link to the relevant documents below,

[url=http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/shortcuts/document.faces/en/10804/html.bookmark ]http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/shortcuts/document.faces/en/10804/html.bookmark [/url]

Please note that certain names, e-mail addresses, and professional contact details of public officials,
have been blanked out in order to protect personal data rights and limit inappropriate use of contact details.


Yours sincerely,

European Ombudsman
Peter Bonnor
Head of the Registry

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Re: Eu mad men

Post by Kennypa4 on Wed 21 Sep - 9:08

Published by MAG UK 20/09/11



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 Belfast newspaper 'News Letter';



"...at 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 and possible solutions."



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.

Recent research shows drivers who also ride motorcycles watch-out for bikes and are far less likely to collide with them. Commenting, Nich Brown said;



"there are too many collisions between road users of all kinds, the key is to get everyone to look out for each other and to think about who they share the road with. Forced day-glo will simply marginalise riders and let unobservant drivers off the hook. Such a lazy approach to road safety does not deserve to succeed."



MAG(UK) and MAG(Ireland) have organised a co-ordinated protest against proposals for compulsory hi-viz, restrictions on the ability to modify motorcycles to suit their riders, bans on older bikes in cities, and a raft of other measures that will affect biking throughout Europe.



Riders will be gathering at 1pm on Sunday 25th September, starting from more than 100 locations on trunk roads throughout the British Isles they will be riding in convoys to raise awareness of their presence on the road and to demonstrate their opposition to further restrictions on biking.


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Post by Blacklisted on Wed 21 Sep - 23:30

What a serous bunch of bellends these euro bureaucrats are! Why the he'll should bikers be forced to wear hi viz clothing!? We should make car drivers paint their cars with fluorescent paint since it's cars that keep pulling out on bikes! Might give us more of a chance to avoid them! That's it, I'm running for Mayor! Very Happy
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Post by Kennypa4 on Thu 22 Sep - 2:23

Maybe i should show them the video i put up yesterday in bike chat 2 pull outs in the space of 2 minutes and i only just left the house

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Post by Blacklisted on Thu 22 Sep - 21:48

The way I see it is bikers are being punished for car drivers mistakes! They want to make bikers more visible to car drivers, but why not educate car drivers on other road users instead!? TWATS! Very Happy
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Post by Kennypa4 on Sun 25 Sep - 20:27

Classic example of why we do not need to be told we must wear hi viz
Last night a member of Devon Freewheelers EVS ( a blood runner group from the west country) was hit by a car driver who pulled out in front of him (smidsy's) despite him wearing high-viz gear and riding a 1300 pan european with hi viz markings.So lets be carefull out there its does not matter what we wear mr EU its car driver that need educated

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Post by Kennypa4 on Mon 26 Sep - 2:24

Brilliant turnout at Kilmarnock we went all the way up the M77 Then on to M8 hahaha for a short bit to complete the loop got a couple of pics 400 + bikes . When we got moving bike were stretched out over a mile odds long i would say Fantastic

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.296029543745815.95040.100000163161526&l=85c78be64e&type=1
should be able to see these even with out facebook

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Post by Blacklisted on Tue 27 Sep - 4:29

Looks like a good day Kenny! Lets hope all these protests that took place at the weekend don't fall on deaf ears!
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