MAG asks Essex Police to promote Filter Friendly campaign

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News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)

MAG asks Essex Police to promote Filter Friendly campaign

The Motorcycle Action Group ((MAG) has asked Essex Police to amend their
advice to motorcyclists not to filter through traffic, branding it
dangerous and counterproductive to road safety.

MAG’s activist network picked up the offending post on the Essex police
Facebook page where it was drawing a large volume of complaints from
bikers. Within a matter of hours, MAG asked Essex Police to amend their
advice with MAG National Chairman, Neil Liversidge, writing directly to
Essex Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington QPM.

Neil stated:

“Nobody doubts for a second the genuineness of Essex Police’s
intentions, but this is bad advice and needs changing immediately. There
is a certain type of car driver - and all of us who ride motorcycles
have encountered them - that hate motorcyclists and are envious of our
ability to make progress through traffic jams while they sit and stew.
These are the people who see us coming in their mirrors and reposition
their cars to block us. For the police to say, “it’s dangerous, don’t do
it," runs the risk that the ‘haters’ will feel justified in their
behaviour and after they have knocked us off, will point to the police
advice and say, “It’s your fault – the police have warned you.”

The advice also risks poisoning the minds of magistrates, Judges, and
potential jurors who might, in the future, sit on cases where a car
driver has knocked off a filtering biker. It may even lead to bias
amongst police officers themselves, and CPS prosecutors.

MAG’s ‘Filter Friendly’ campaign
has been developed in conjunction with officers in Northamptonshire
Police who assisted us in making the video and support the campaign. We
have been particularly grateful for the support of Nick Adderley, Chief
Constable of Northamptonshire Police, and NPCC lead for motorcycling,
for his enthusiasm and assistance. Hopefully, Essex can talk to Northants.”

Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or