Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations to publish updated COVID Safe guidance
Members of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have expressed their deep disappointment at the lack of engagement from the government, but continue to update their guidance to riders. The guidance is tailored to motorcyclists wishing to enjoy the many pleasures and benefits of riding while complying with the government guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. An updated version taking into account the recent relaxation of the guidelines will be published next week.
Mario Costa-Sa, Chair of the TRF, said: “It was good to see that the Secretary of State has been able to respond to the needs of horse riders and cyclists during COVID. It would be great to see the riders of motorcycles treated with similar levels of care and help demonstrate that the safety of motorcyclists is important to his department.”
Selina Lavender, Chair of the Motorcycle Action Group, commented: “It is sad to say that this kind of delay and reticence to engage in dialogue with the organisations representing well over two million motorcycle licence holders appears to be institutional. We are undaunted and will continue to assert the need for riders to be taken seriously.”
The Coalition is drafting an updated set of guidelines, which are expected to be published early next week. The Coalition notes that the updated guidelines could have been readied to coincide immediately with the changes to government guidance had there been engagement with relevant officials.
Bob Clark, Chair of the VMCC, said: “The need to play catch-up and the consequent delay in publishing the new Ride COVID Safe guidelines is a clear demonstration of the need for the government to engage with us.”
Jim Freeman, Chair of the BMF, said: “As the Chair of an organisation representing around 60,000 voters, I will be reminding our members of this government’s failure to engage with its citizens, on this issue, come election time.”
The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations consists of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) and IAM RoadSmart.
The original White Paper “Riding COVID safe: a discussion paper” submitted to the Secretary of State on May 14 2020 can be accessed here.
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