The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has accepted an invitation from the Department for Transport (DfT) to join the Road Safety Delivery Group (RSDG). Officials offered the invitation at a meeting between MAG and the DfT.
MAG has secured meetings with the DfT as a result of concerns regarding an apparent lack of consideration for motorcyclists. Following discussions across the series of meetings, officials suggested MAG’s inclusion in the RSDG.
The RSDG provides a forum for key road safety stakeholders to share knowledge and experience. The Group aims to reduce the numbers of people that are killed or injured on British roads.
Pauline Reeves, Deputy Director, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, wrote in the invitation letter:
‘As a leading road safety stakeholder and representative of one of the vulnerable road user groups we believe that you will provide a valuable contribution to RSDG.’
MAG Chair, Selina Lavender commented:
‘I am delighted that the DfT recognises that MAG has a valuable contribution to make. MAG is now in a position to ensure that the views of motorcyclists are fully expressed. As a result, we expect positive outcomes for our members and all riders.’
Colin Brown (MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement) will attend the quarterly full RSDG meetings. Additionally, MAG will develop a significant role in the Motorcycle Strategic Working Group. This will include input to the THINK! team who deliver DfT safety messaging.
MAG also joined the DVSA’s Bike Testing and Training Advisory Group prior to this latest meeting.
Colin Brown said:
‘This is significant progress, not just for MAG, but the whole riding community. We now have the direct line to the heart of the DfT. Becoming a member of the RSDG is not an end in itself, but a beginning. We can move forward with renewed vigour and more influence.’