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29-01-2007 Scotland Transport Strategies - Not Acceptable!

Issued 29th January 2007

Reflecting the Motorcycle Action Groups (MAG UK) representation of riders throughout the UK, MAG Scotland is pushing Regional Transport Partnerships to include motorcycling in Scotland?s transport strategies.

Despite the consultation process in producing draft Regional Transport Strategies, with the notable exception of that for the North East (NESTRANS), they barely acknowledge the existence of motorcycles and the needs of riders.

MAG Scotland's Regional Representative, Steve Wykes said, " This is not acceptable! If we as motorcyclists are not to be further marginalised, ignored and penalised for daring to use personal powered transport, we need to stress the benefits that motorcycles, scooters and mopeds can provide as part of an integrated transport system."

"Motorcycles, scooters and mopeds (Powered Two Wheelers - PTW's in the jargon of planners and transport experts) have a role to play in helping meet some of the objectives of the National and Regional Transport Strategies and highlighting the positive contributions we can make will be key to achieving the recognition, consideration and facilities we need and deserve."

"If we are to deliver these benefits we need to be recognised as distinct from the car, be exempt from congestion charging. Have adequate and secure free bike parking provision near to our destinations. Enjoy access to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and bus-lanes and have maintenance and design of the road network reflect the needs of motorcyclists as detailed in the IHIE (Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers) Guidelines for Motorcycling."

MAG Scotland responses are being finalised for each of the Regional Transport Strategies and can be viewed at www.scotland.mag-uk.org you can join with MAG Scotland in pressing their case and getting the recognition that riders deserve.

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1. For further details contact Steve Wykes Regional representative MAG Scotland email scotland-region@mag-uk.org

2. Scotland - Motorcycles in Transport Strategies Here

3.Information on the IHIE Guidelines Here

Issued by

Trevor Baird
Director Of Public Affairs

The UK's Leading Riders' Rights Organisation

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