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BMF Launches Manifesto for Motorcycling

The BMF, in partnership with the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC), has launched a Manifesto for Motorcycling which lays out the priorities for a future government on motorcycle policy and sets out a compelling strategy to fully unlock the benefits that motorcycling can bring to the future of transport. Crucial input from BMF representatives Anna Zee and Paul Morgan helped develop the policy from an early stage.

“As a General Election looms closer, it’s important that we make clear exactly what UK motorcycling needs from government, whichever party is in power. Motorcycling needs to be recognised as a key part of the solution to achieving Net Zero targets and be facilitated as a positive low and zero polluting form of transport for commuting, logistics and leisure” said BMF Chair Jim Freeman.

Seven key points are included in the Manifesto, based on proposals from the BMF and other riders’ organisations – making bikes a genuine choice for transport by bringing them into the mainstream of transport policy is seen as central to the whole approach.

Other key points include improved training and testing; better and safer roads; decarbonisation; improved access to all roads (both tarmac and green roads); recognition of UK motorcycle sport; and motorcycling culture, keeping our heritage alive by allowing older bikes to stay on the road.

With nearly 1.5 million regular riders on UK roads and 3.5 million licence holders, bikers make up a significant proportion of the electorate. The motorcycle sector as a whole makes a big contribution to Britain’s economy, with 58,000 employees in 5500 businesses, worth £7 billion a year.

Written by Peter Henshaw

Top image courtesy of Craig Carey-Clinch


There are seven key themes:

1. Transport Choice: Bringing motorcycling into the mainstream of transport policy

2. The introduction of improved and simplified licensing, training and testing

3. Safer roads for riding, tackling potholes and proper investment in motorcycle safety.

4. Adoption of a “technology neutral” approach to decarbonisation, preserving rider choice.

5. Default access to all bus lanes, continued free parking and protecting motorcycle access to the full road network, including sealed and green roads.

6. Ensuring greater recognition of and support for the UK motorcycle sports sector.

7. Recognition of the cultural importance of the classic bike sector and protection for the UK’s motorcycling heritage.