The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the UK’s leading voice for riders, is not renewing its membership of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) this year.
Explaining why, Colin Brown, MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, stated:
“Sadly, MAG finds itself no longer aligned with the PACTS agenda. The Council has proved increasingly difficult to engage and debate with, and we find ourselves in a position where our voice is no longer heard because there is little appetite for listening to a variety of views and ideas.
We have always endeavoured to put forward the case for motorcycling but have been met with increasing levels of hostility towards this transport mode. There comes a point where one must bow out, and we have reached it.”
MAG’s Chair, Neil Liversidge, commented:
“MAG is always happy to engage with other organisations and authorities regarding motorcycling, but we see no point in wasting our valuable resources where our voice is consistently ignored. We have therefore decided that withdrawing from PACTS is the best decision.
Personally, I find the inclusion of the word ‘Parliamentary’ in the Council’s name somewhat misleading, as it implies that it is a Parliamentary body, but this is not the case.”
MAG will continue to robustly defend the rights of motorcyclists, engaging, lobbying and educating wherever a need is identified.
The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) is a registered charity. It provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Transport Safety. Its charitable objective is “To protect human life through the promotion of transport safety for the public benefit”.