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October 22, 2010


Southport, England – Fings certainly ain’t going to be wot they used to be…..

The United Kingdom is now the cuts ‘capital’ of Europe, well it is after the Government presenting its Spending Review. Still no worries, we have our stiff upper lip set and are thinking of Poland, sorry England. Keeping busy buying all out worldly needs from China and selling them to each other. Even the Royal Navy has gone so far up the creek it’s having trouble coming back down. Don’t worry boys, its big, its black, its British (well some of it is), it maybe bent but we still love it and you – Venio Non Videor.

A few points for discussion:-

Did you know that as a result of the funding cuts to Local Authorities the treasury is actually going to make a profit from the income from speed camera fines.

Did you know that the budget previously allocated to the Act on CO2 advertising campaign has been shifted to the incentive scheme for the uptake of electric vehicles and the provision of charging points, Plugged-In Places. Plenty of scope for development as only 55 electric cars were registered in 2009. Wow what about including electric motorcycles.

Did you know that the London Boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea are considering merging? Should make life interesting motorcycle parking policy wise. Are we heading for a London ‘super council’? Advantage pan London motorcycle policies, like access to bus lanes.

Did you know that the No To Bike Parking Tax Campaign has been given leave to appeal the High Courts barmy decision on allowing motorcycle and scooter parking charges in Westminster?

Did you know that the European Commission has thrown out the Federation of European Motorcycle Associations (FEMA) idea of installing an on/off switch for ABS on motorcycles fitted with the device. WoW that’s a surprise!

Did you know that the Coalition Government intends to make the UK “a world leader in ultra-carbon cars”. A Department for Transport spokesperson said: “By de-carbonising motoring, we can include the car in our vision of a future, low-carbon, transport economy.” Well that’s motorcycles and scooters sorted then!

Did you know that following the introduction of E10 fuel from the beginning of 2011 we have E15 to look forward too by 2016. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) said: “the AMA supports the use of cleaner-burning fuels, but we are concerned that gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol could result in premature engine damage or failure while a motorcycle is being ridden. We’re also concerned about any degradation in performance, fuel economy and readability that may result from the long-term use of blended fuels with greater than 10 percent ethanol.”

Did you know that the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) has announced the formation of an MOT Working Group, to discuss MOT policy and the future of the test. Are motorcyclists represented? In a speech this week to an audience at the Retail Motor Industry Federation’s annual dinner. Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Please don’t worry about changes to the MoT test. This is not about Europe saying we have to go to four years and two. What I’m trying to look at is a ensuring we have safe cars on the road depending on the mileage they have done.” Fine Mike glad you are considering the consumer in cutting our costs. If Europe says I only need my bike tested half as often that’s fine with me. Why the hell should I pay to support the UK car and bike industry with unnecessary testing charges? One to remember when popping into bed with the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI).

Did you know that there was a meeting of the National Motorcycle Council (NMC) this week. Who? What?  A meeting of the rider’s rights groups, the industry and other worthies hanging around the lobby. Trouble is no one seems to know its current status. Is it to replace or has it replaced the Parliamentary All Party Motorcycle Group. It’s not a Quasi Autonomous Non Governmental Body (QANGO) now known as Non Governmental Bodies (NGB) as it’s not on the new Department for Transport (NGB) list. Could it be an ‘advisory group’? That must be it. Ah ha Government = Advice = Take absolutely no notice.

Ah knowledge is a wonderful thing!

Enjoy your riding.

© Back Roads Rider 2010

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Heebie Jeebies permalink
    October 23, 2010 6:31 pm

    Personally I would add another letter to your title – but that would make it unprintable.

    All these depressing news items could turn a sane man into a dribbling mess.

    Take for example Your comment “European Commission has thrown out the Federation of European Motorcycle Associations (FEMA) idea of installing an on/off switch for ABS on motorcycles fitted with the device.”

    What idiot in FEMA came up with the idea of a switch when the Commission hasn’t yet made up its mind? Why compromise? Even the industry doesn’t want mandatory ABS and has put forward a very sound argument to defend their reasoning e.g. stifling innovation and new technology, cost etc etc.

    Who asked FEMA to compromise on behalf of hundreds of thousands of bikers throughout Europe???

    Was there one of their “death by power point” meetings? After reading More Crap than News, it just makes you want to weep, or rip your hair out, move to another hemisphere, scream, throw your hands in the air!

    Perhaps it’s true that every nation deserves its leader – in this case European riders deserve theirs.

  2. Heebie Jeebies permalink
    October 27, 2010 8:15 pm

    It looks like ACEM has had enough and have decided to out FEMA publicly.

    Even the BMF seem to have to come to their senses – by posting up the Hell for Leather article on their Twittering page. Is this rebellion in the ranks or simply a smart move to distance themselves before the shit hit’s the fan?

    Our little friends at MAG on the other hand, are very quiet – evidently eating humble pie is not something they (Gen.Sec. and sidekick) are very good at.


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