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Motorcycle Action Group – defending riders’ rights since 1973


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I was concerned to learn from former MP Lembit Öpik that his new employer, Motorcycle Action Group, has been casually besmirched in passing during a court case. As a member of MAG and Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Motorcycling, I object. MAG is a serious, strategic and focussed riders’ rights body. Its appeal is built on many years of hard and often unrewarding work in political circles by dedicated experts. In my regular dealings with MAG’s senior staff, I […]

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Government changes policy over causing death or serious injury while disqualified.


Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the Government has changed its policy on causing death or serious injury on the roads through driving while disqualified. Now, if the person who caused an accident leading to someone’s death is found to be already disqualified from driving, the driver will face up to 10 years imprisonment. National Chairman of MAG – the Motorcycle Action Group -, John Mitchell says, “MAG has been campaigning for a change to the sentencing guidelines for a […]

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Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch while I discuss the BMW S1000RR with Lembit Öpik


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Via Motorcycle Live gets the royal touch: His Royal Highness Prince William Duke of Cambridge visited Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham today to get a close look at the UK motorcycle industry and some of the new models that have been launched for 2014. The Duke, who is known to be a keen motorcyclist, was welcomed to the NEC by Paul Thandi, deputy to the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, who is also chief executive of […]

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The cost of commuting – train vs car vs motorcycle


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I travel to Parliament four days a week most of the year. Unusually, I’m in on a Friday today for the EU referendum bill (Hooray!) but I’d usually have meetings in Wycombe all day. I can commute by motorcycle, car or train. Bike travel can be miserable in the cold and dark when it’s raining, but I tend to like it anyway. Driving is painful: filtering by bike isn’t much fun but sitting in a queue is worse. Or I […]

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Motorcycle rider licensing must be part of our EU renegotiation


The issue of rider licensing is still causing alarm among motorcyclists. I have been contacted by riders and businesses who are concerned about the complications that the European Union has introduced to the British motorcycle licence through unwelcome directives. This issue is important because as well as being a great leisure and tourism activity, more and more people are using bikes to get to work as a cheaper form of transport than trains or buses, plus of course motorcycles are […]

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