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News from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG)
MAG fires first shots on motorcycle ICE Ban consultation
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has fired its first shots in response
to the motorcycle ICE ban consultation. MAG is demanding dialogue far
beyond the scope of the consultation. An initial meeting established
fact about potential outcomes to the consultation. MAG sees no
potential for a good outcome within the scope of the consultation process.
Following the publication of the much-delayed consultation on 14th July,
MAG arranged an initial meeting with Department for Transport (DfT)
officials. The meeting took place on 21st July.
Firstly, officials confirmed that the consultation will not consider
questions of ‘if’, only of ‘when’. ‘When’ is proposed to be 2030 or
sooner for 125cc and smaller bikes. For larger capacity bikes the
proposal remains as no later than 2035. Arguments for dates beyond 2035
are highly unlikely to win favour. The officials said a date beyond
2040 is entirely off the table.
Secondly, with respect to claimed technology neutrality, only battery
electric, fuel cells or hydrogen are viewed as options. Hydrogen burnt
in Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) is considered to be highly unlikely.
Finally, carbon neutral liquid fuels for ICE is considered to be nothing
more than a short-term transition fuel for existing ICE. The DfT rules
out synthetic or bio fuels as a solution for the continued sale of new
MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, commented:
“None of this came as a surprise to me. I made MAG’s opposition to the
proposed policy clear. MAG is representing the views of its members
and, we believe, the vast majority of bikers. We will engage fully in
the consultation process, but there is no path to a good outcome. The
discussion needs to go far beyond the limited scope of the consultation.
We have formally submitted a request for an urgent meeting with the
Minister with responsibility for the decarbonisation of transport, Trudy
Harrison MP. If necessary we will continue escalating this all the way
up to the new Prime Minister. First shots have been fired and MAG is
mobilising for a period of intense campaigning.”
MAG is seeking a far wider discussion on decarbonisation and the future
of transport as a whole. MAG Chair, Neil Liversidge, will lead the
Ministerial meetings, backed by both Colin Brown and Lembit Opik (MAG’s
Director of Communications & Public Affairs). In the meeting request
sent to Trudy Harrison MP, Neil wrote:
“I must state that The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is following the
wishes of its members and the wider motorcycling community in opposing
this policy. I appreciate that this may place us at polar opposite
positions, but I feel it is essential that our position is clearly
explained and considered in a wider context than the current
consultation scope allows.
The measures as proposed will curtail individual freedom, damage the UK
economy, worsen energy security, and reduce living standards for tens of
millions of people, without helping the environment at all. Our
solution will enhance everyone’s quality of life and be better for the
environment, the economy, and our security as a nation.”
A second meeting of the UK Motorcycle Forum (UKM) has been scheduled for
11th August. The MCIA has been quick to express disappointment about
the inclusion of 125cc bikes in the 2030 slot. MAG is far beyond
expressing disappointment, and will fight on.
Contact MAG at 01926 844 064 or firstname.lastname@example.org