Bikers protest over EU plans
Bikers across the East Midlands recently staged a ‘go-slow’ protest on the M1 over EU proposals to impose new motorcycle regulations (BBC News).
Draft plans seen by the Department for Transport (DfT) outline new braking system guidelines and possible limits on vehicle modifications. The Motorcycle Action Group, which organised the protests, described the proposals as ‘bonkers’.
On Sunday (25/09/11) protests took place on stretches of the M1. In Nottinghamshire, about 100 bikers set off in convoy from Trowell services and rode north to junction 26 before crossing the motorway and heading south. They maintained a speed of 40mph for the protest, which lasted about half an hour.
Trinity Savage, president of the Streetfighters Owners Club, who took part in the action, said: “We're here to show that we're absolutely disgusted that someone in Brussels can tell us what we can and can't do to our motorcycles.
"This is our life - it's not just a hobby. A lot of these guys don't drive cars, they just have motorcycles and a lot of them don't want to turn up at a bike meet with one style of bike that's the same as everyone else’s. This is our individuality - it's like saying you're not allowed to have tattoos."
The EU said the draft proposals had been drawn up to improve safety and limit emissions. MEPs are due to vote on the plans in October.
The DfT has raised concerns about the cost and timescale of the plans, and has also suggested that member states should be allowed to retain powers to set the requirements for vehicles built by amateur enthusiasts.
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