BMF welcomes launch of National Motorcyclists Council

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Published on 5 March 2021 by Mike Waters

The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) has warmly welcomed the launch of the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC).

A new initiative designed to help bring the UK’s leading motorcycle rider organisations together, the NMC’s fundamental purpose is to represent motorcyclists with a single voice on significant issues such as government policy, safety, motorcycle sports and regulatory matters where there is a great deal of common ground. The BMF is a founder member of the NMC alongside the Auto Cycle Union, the Institute of Advanced Motorists, the Motorcycle Action Group and the Trail Riders Fellowship.

Motorcycling is currently undergoing once-in-a-generation changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the introduction of new technologies such as electric and autonomous vehicles, evolving demographics that are changing the popular understanding of what it means to be a motorcyclist and more. That is why it has never been more important for motorcyclists to have effective representation, and it is hoped that the NMC will allow all of these organisations to achieve more on the behalf of the country’s motorcyclists than any of them could achieve alone.

The NMC was officially launched on March 5th and the experienced motorcycling lobbyist Craig Carey-Clinch has taken office as its first Executive Director. The BMF is delighted to support this worthwhile endeavour, congratulates Mr Carey-Clinch on his appointment and encourages the country’s motorcyclists to give the NMC their full support as it represents their interests at both national and local levels.

Commenting, BMF Chairman Jim Freeman 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 ministry level. We represent many thousands of members, from road riders, to sporting interests, to commuters and those who ride off tarmac. Stronger, Together!”

You can find out more about the NMC at their website here.

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