Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Irish Bikers will take to the streets to protest new EU regulations


The Federation of European Motorcyclists' Associations

Sep 12, 2012

Irish Bikers will take to the streets to protest new EU regulations

Irish riders will take to the streets in opposition to an EU proposal which seeks to extend roadworthiness testing to motorcycles, based on flawed figures presented by the EU Commission. MAG Ireland, the organiser of the demo, is disappointet that the Commission has ignored a petition against the inclusion of motorcycles in periodic technical inspection programmes which gained over 110,000 signatures  from riders across the EU (including Irish riders), and which was delivered to Brussels on 15th October 2011 by FEMA.

 


FEMA member MAG Ireland reports:

The EU Commission proposals (which also include caravans, trailers, and so called “fast tractors”) will inevitably mean substantial hikes in the cost of an NCT Test for motorists, given the huge costs involved in procuring equipment and training operatives to handle motorcycles compared to the relatively small number of motorcycles on Irish roads. In fact the RSA claims that motorcycles account for about 2% of all road traffic in Ireland.

Worse still, the EU Commission claims 8% of motorcycle accidents have technical failure of the motorcycle as a contributory factor, when the true figure as revealed by the MAIDS Study is just 1.6%. The EU Commission is therefore trying to solve a problem which doesn’t actually exist and even it did, would affect only a very tiny fraction of the total number of vehicles on Irish roads. Even the RSA agrees that technical problems on motorcycles are not a road safety issue.

That’s not the only problem with these proposals however. They completely fail to take into account that as many as three out of four riders own more than one motorcycle, a fact backed up by MAG Ireland’s own survey earlier this year, and a fact which would make it prohibitively expensive for Irish riders.

The proposals are being pushed forward despite a petition against the inclusion of motorcycles in periodic technical inspection programmes which gained over 110,000 signatures  from riders across the EU (including Irish riders), and which was delivered to Brussels on 15th October 2011 by FEMA.

MAG Ireland is organising the “No Con Test” Demo Ride in Dublin on September 22nd, and we need your support. Assembly point is Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2 from 11:30 am, with the demo ride getting underway at 1pm sharp. There will be feeder rides coming in from North (Balbriggan), West (BikeWorld/Long Mile Road) & South (Cornelscourt Shopping Centre), full details to follow.

MAG Ireland’s “No Con Test” demonstration is timed to coincide with a series of demos in other EU countries, including a mass rally in Brussels which will see tens of thousands of riders converge on the European Parliament to demonstrate their anger at the EU Commission’s complete lack of proportionality.

For more information please visit the homepage of MAG Ireland


(Source: FEMA)

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