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You will be aware that MAG events have had to be cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19, and that these events bring in a large proportion of MAGs income. We are, of course, working to identify economies where possible, to limit recourse to reserves. However, if you feel that you could make a donation, however small, to support MAG at this difficult time, it would be very gratefully received. Thank you and stay safe.

To give a donation follow the link from the MAG Home Page at: Donate

Annual Group Conference, Saturday 24th September 2022

Venue: Edward VII Working Men’s Club, 65 Leeds Road, Allerton Bywater, Castleford WF10 2HE

Registrations from 12:00. Conference to start promptly at 13:00.

Motions & Nominations

In accordance with the Constitution, we invite motions and nominations to be received no later than noon on Monday 18th July (deadline extended by the National Committee).

The following roles are up for election: Directors of The Motorcycle Action Group Limited (three positions), National Chair, National Clubs Officer, and National Reps Liaison Officer.

Motions and nominations may be sent by post to MAG, Unit C13, Holly Farm Business Park, Honiley, Warwickshire CV8 1NP or via email at: Nominations

Current Constitution link at: MAG Constitution

6. g. All matters to be included within the Agenda of the Group Conference should be sent in writing and received at the Central Office of the Company not later than midnight on the last day of June in the year of the General Conference. Submissions can be sent by email to nominations@mag-uk.org or by post to the registered office address. Submissions received by post on the first working day following 30th June shall be accepted. All proposals should include the name and Membership number of the person proposing the matter and the person seconding it.

Deadline extended by the National Committee to noon on Monday 18th July 2022.

6. i. All nominations for the Directors or other officers of the Company must be seconded and must be submitted after 1st June in each year. Submissions can be sent by email to nominations@mag-uk.org or by post to the registered office address. Submissions received by post on the first working day following 30th June shall be accepted. All proposals should include the name and Membership number of the person proposing the matter and the person seconding it. Each nominee must have been a member for at least twelve (12) months prior to the nomination and must include a manifesto of not more than 1200 words with their nomination.

Deadline extended by the National Committee to noon on Monday 18th July 2022.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a Director of MAG Media or NEL can submit a Manifesto to the Board at any point during the year. All Directors roles are on a voluntary basis.

Camping

Camping for the Friday and/or Saturday night is available nearby at Squires Café Bar, Newthorpe Lane, Newthorpe, Leeds West Yorkshire LS25 5LX. Those wishing to camp must make their own arrangements directly with Squires (01977 684 618 or email: Squires). Further details are available at: Squires Cafe

Please be aware that there is no post-AGC party.

New MAG campaign for default bus lane access.

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) is today launching a new campaign for default bus lane access. New research shows that motorcycles can currently use 48% of all ‘with-flow’ bus lanes in the UK. MAG say it is time for local authorities to stop debating and start delivering. MAG has released a new report that for the first time collates UK-wide information on motorcycle access in bus lanes. The report shows that of the 159 local transport authorities with bus lanes, just 56 allow motorcycle access.

Report author Colin Brown said:

“This research has revealed the successes of three decades of campaigning by MAG on this issue. Given the complexity and stumbling blocks placed between a coherent national policy and a totally unnecessary exclusion of motorcycles from bus lanes, we have done well to gain access to 48% of the nation’s bus lanes. We have also shown the ludicrous situation where access permissions change along certain routes or in opposite directions on the same road. We have had three decades of expensive local trials but the overwhelming result of all these is that motorcycle access to bus lanes is not a problem. It is time for a consistent default access for motorcycles, just as already exists informally for pedal cycles.”

A petition has been raised by Birmingham-based barrister Dr Mirza Ahmad asking the Government to require local authorities in England to permit motorcycles in bus lanes. MAG is asking motorcyclists - and indeed all road users - to sign the petition.

Firstly, MAG is calling for a further meeting with Roads Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton. The Minister previously asked MAG to list its top five priorities. Bus lane access was the issue that MAG members voted as their first ask. MAG will then approach decision-makers in Wales and Scotland to promote the sensible approach taken in Northern Ireland. The Department for Infrastructure allows motorcycle access in all bus lanes in NI. Finally, MAG has vowed to redouble efforts with key authorities that still do not allow access. MAG is already pushing for meetings with Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester, as well as discussing with Transport for London (TfL) how best to get London Boroughs to accept a common policy.

Colin Brown said:

“Even Sadiq Khan agrees that all London boroughs should allow motorcycle access. TfL adopted a blanket policy on all red routes, but many boroughs are still opposed to motorcycle access. If we can get Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Leicester on board that would be another 60 miles of access. Of course, if these councils are smart, they will back our calls for default access as this would save them money and there would be no argument for yet more trials.”

New MAG campaign default bus lane access Video: Youtube Video

The petition raised by Dr Mirza Ahmad can be found here: Petition

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