Motorcycling to Face Congestion Charges
Issued 4th July 2007
The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG
UK) says that proposals contained in Manchester’s congestion charging scheme to
charge motorcycles are the thin end of the wedge as cities in the UK wait in
line to implement future national road pricing plans.
MAG is amazed that the authorities in Manchester have even considered charging
motorcycles, when the London congestion charging scheme has proved successful
and beneficial to congestion busting motorcycles.
The proposal for a traffic charging scheme by the Association of Greater
Manchester Authorities (AGMA) is aimed to overcome the increasing problems of
congestion in this city.
Motorcycles offer a solution to the problem of congestion. Congestion charging
schemes currently exist in Central London and Durham. In both schemes
motorcycles are exempt from the charge because it has been recognised that this
form of transport reduces congestion.
MAG believes that motorcycles fulfil a significant role as part of an integrated
transport policy by not only relieving traffic congestion but also pollution,
whilst enhancing commercial efficiency by cutting the length of journey times to
MAG’s Public Affairs Director Trevor Baird, said, “We have a change of Transport
Ministers in Gordon Brown's new cabinet. Stephen Ladyman is replaced by Rosie
Winterton, Ruth Kelly has been appointed as the Secretary of State for Transport
with the responsibility of rolling out the congestion charge across Greater
Manchester, and perhaps she will give Manchester direction in exempting
motorcycles in their proposed scheme.”
MAG calls on the authorities in Manchester to recognise the positive
contribution that motorcycles make to congestion problems by excluding
motorcycles from the Congestion Charging proposals and recognise motorcycling as
a legitimate and increasingly popular mode of transport.
Riders can join MAG by signing MAG’s petition and lobby the Manchester
Authorities, the Transport Minister, Local MPs and Councillors – on our
Campaigns website at
Notes To Editors
MAG’s Campaign website
against Congestion Charging for motorcycles
MAG response to Manchester
Authorities Here pdf
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