No To Throttle Control

The House of Commons' Transport Select Committee recommended in a report "that the Government commission a companion piece of research on the viability of introducing speed limiters on motorcycles."

This was back in March 2007, but events move on and now the July 2010 release of the European Road Safety Action Programme (RSAP) and the EU SafeRider project seem to be promoting the ideas throughout Europe.

   No To Throttle Control

MAG reinvigorating its 2001 campaign to oppose the compulsory fitment to privately owned vehicles of any device designed to arbitrarily remove control from the driver to remote operation.

MAG President Ian Mutch is emphatic about the issue. "Let's keep this one simple, we don't want it, not today not tomorrow not ever."

Withdrawing control from the rider is fundamentally what MAG was set up to oppose. Motorcycling is about fun and freedom and control, your hand on your throttle, your decision. If people abuse that control and fall foul of the law then that is a different issue but when technology is deployed to directly control motorcycles then a big line is crossed and MAG knows exactly which side of that line it stands on.

This is ultimately a philosophical issue, it's not just about safety, it's about what sort of society we want to live in.

MAG says, "We don't want to live in a society with the level of control which ISA can make possible and we intend to get more votes for our point of view than the safety zealots get for theirs.

MAG's then Director of Public Affairs Trevor Baird rode a prototype motorcycle fitted with ISA technology which was developed by the University of Leeds, the Department for Transport and MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association).