A coalition of organisations have joined forces to provide all motorcycle riders in the UK with a “decisive and clear voice” on key issues such as government policy and safety.
The National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) was launched on Friday 5 March with a mission to “help assure a positive and sustainable future for motorcycling”.
The NMC brings together a broad spectrum of motorcycle organisations. These range from riders campaign groups, to motorcycle sport representatives, off road and green roads interests and road safety experts.
The newly-formed NMC is calling on the Government to create a new motorcycling strategy – covering transport policy, safety, accessibility for motorcyclists, motorcycle sport and the future of motorcycling for both transport and recreation.
In a press release issued to mark the launch, the NMC said: “The NMC has been founded at an important moment.
“As the UK heads out of the Covid-19 crisis, it is more important than ever that motorcycling is included within the Government green transport agenda in a positive way, both nationally and locally.
“This is essential, given that transport policy is undergoing rapid change. The positives of motorcycling for commuter and practical transport, leisure, tourism and the economy could continue to be overlooked unless motorcycling presents a clear and unified voice on the key issues in these policy areas.”
The NMC’s founding members are the Auto Cycle Union, the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Motorcycle Action Group and the Trail Riders Fellowship.
Jim Freeman, BMF chairman, said: “The BMF has supported this initiative since its inception. We believe that it meets a long-standing criticism of the diverse lobbying interests in the world of motorcycling.
“We need to be seen as a powerful transport interest, offering solutions to those who live in the cities and the countryside. Having a single voice at a national level, promoting an agreed strategy, will make us, collectively, hard to ignore at a parliamentary and ministerial level.
“We represent many thousands of members, from road riders to sporting interests, to commuters and those who ride off the tarmac.”