Call for mo­tor­bikes to be post-lock­down travel so­lu­tion

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rid­ers' rights groups, the Gov­ern­ment has backed the use of mo­tor­cy­cles for day-to­day travel rather than pub­lic trans­port as the na­tion emerges from lock­down.

The Coali­tion of Mo­tor­cy­cling Or­gan­i­sa­tions had crit­i­cised the omis­sion of mo­tor­cy­cles in Gov­ern­ment think­ing around trans­port post-lock­down.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary, Grant Shapps sug­gested that en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to com­mute by bi­cy­cle will be a key part of pro­pos­als for trans­port as travel re­stric­tions for the pan­demic lock­down are eased; how­ever, mo­tor­cy­cles were not men­tioned. Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of its 'Ride COVIDSafe' White Paper, a Gov­ern­ment min­is­ter said that us­ing mo­tor­cy­cles was to be en­cour­aged too, along with other pri­vate ve­hi­cles to re­duce the pres­sure on pub­lic trans­port.

Chair of the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary Mo­tor­cy­cling Group, Chris Law MP,said: "I very much welcome this ini­tia­tive and the part­ner­ship be­tween the or­gan­i­sa­tions which cre­ated it. Mo­tor­cy­cling does have an enor­mous role to play in any trans­port pol­icy if we are to see a long-term re­duc­tion in con­ges­tion and pol­lu­tion, and the Par­lia­men­tary Mo­tor­cy­cle Group has long ad­vo­cated this. The rid­ers' code an­nounced last week pro­vides in­valu­able ad­vice to those us­ing mo­tor­cy­cles dur­ing the Covid-19 cri­sis, and I urge all mo­tor­cy­clists to take it into ac­count and ride safe dur­ing these ex­tra­or­di­nary times. As Chair of the APMGI strongly urge min­is­ters and the DfT to fully recog­nise mo­tor­cy­cles as a trans­port mode."

In a writ­ten re­sponse to a Par­lia­men­tary Ques­tion raised by Christo­pher

Chope MP,Rachel Ma­clean, Par­lia­men­tary Un­der-Sec­re­tary (Depart­ment for Trans­port) and MP for Red­ditch said: "The Depart­ment's guid­ance is­sued on May 12 refers to 'Pri­vate cars and other ve­hi­cles' as an al­ter­na­tive to us­ing pub­lic trans­port, and en­cour­ages the pub­lic to 'con­sider all other forms of trans­port be­fore us­ing pub­lic trans­port'. This would in­clude pri­vate ve­hi­cles such as mo­tor­cy­cles and mopeds where the jour­ney to be made is ap­pro­pri­ate. Mo­tor­cy­cles are an im­por­tant way of get­ting around, and we are work­ing on a num­ber of projects, in­clud­ing sort­ing out pot­holes, which are a prob­lem for peo­ple on mo­tor­cy­cles and other two-wheeled ve­hi­cles. I en­cour­age peo­ple to adopt the elec­tric mo­tor­bike."

The Coali­tion is still await­ing a for­mal re­sponse from the Depart­ment of Trans­port.

They have also sought but still await feed­back from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sion­ers and the Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs Coun­cil. The Coali­tion of Mo­tor­cy­cling Or­gan­i­sa­tions con­sists of the Mo­tor­cy­cle Ac­tion Group (MAG),the Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club (VMCC),the Trail Rid­ers Fel­low­ship (TRF)and the British Mo­tor­cy­clists Fed­er­a­tion (BMF).

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