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Thursday, 24 May 2007

PRESS RELEASE - From Auto Cycle Union
Off Road Registration Bill
Opposition to the Bill Still Strong and Growing

Opposition to Graham Stringers Off Road Registration Bill is widening with the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) recently joining the Coalition of organisations fighting to stop the Bill becoming law.

The AEA are the trade body representing the importers and distributors of Quadracycles, or ?Quads?. These range from racing machines to agricultural quads used by farmers and other country workers.

The welcome support of the AEA marks the latest development in the growth in opposition to Graham Stringers Private Members Bill. If it becomes law, The Bill will have little impact on illegal motorcycle use, but unintended impacts on legitimate motorcycle sport, recreational motorcycle sport, museum collections - and even farmers - will be severe. This is because the Bill would require all currently unregistered motorcycles to be registered and carry a number plate.

Members of the Coalition recently met the Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) who originally inspired the Bill and persuaded Graham Stringer MP to table it in Parliament. The Authority were keen to gain the support of the Coalition and offered a number of possible amendments that could be tabled by Mr Stringer at Committee stage.

Although this was an interesting meeting which explored a number of options, the GMPA are still resolute in their support of the Bill, despite admitting that the law as it currently stands gives the Police enough powers to tackle the illegal use of motorcycles and mini motos in public places. They also agreed that seized bikes usually have their identities erased. This confirms that Mr Stringer?s registration Bill is unlikely to have any impact on the problem of anti social motorcycle and minimoto use.

Whist the Coalition welcomes GMPA?s willingness to discuss the issue, it is still steadfast in it?s opposition to the Bill and will continue to work towards defeating what is an extremely ill advised set of proposals, which will have more impact on legal users and motorcycle sport than it will on the problem it sets out to tackle.

Dave Luscombe, representing the Auto-Cycle Union on the Coalition said,
?I am delighted that the GMPA agreed to meet us and discuss the wider implications of their Bill ? I only wish they had talked to us whilst they were writing it!
In light of the obvious and serious flaws in the logic behind the Bill, which GMPA acknowledge, it is regrettable that they still insist on supporting it, even in the face of offers from Government and the Coalition of a wide ranging review of the whole issue of unregistered vehicles.?

He continued ?Mr Stringer has, through his Bill, been very successful in heightening the profile of illegal motorcycle use and we would fully support any initiative that accurately targets misuse. However, given that the main supporters of the Bill have admitted that it will make little difference to the problem of anti social motorcycle use, Mr Stringer must surely realise that any credibility that his Bill may have once had is fast melting away

The Coalition calls for MPs to defeat the Bill when it comes back for its Third Reading and instead to support Government, local authority and police initiatives to improve enforcement of existing laws and tackle the very real problem of nuisance motorcycle and mini moto use in a constructive and sustainable way.?

If you require any further information please contact Brian George, Press Officer 01788
566428 or via e-mail .

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 May 2007 )
 
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