The British Motorcyclists Federation is Britain's largest most influential Riders Rights Group with over 92,00 members. Our aim is simple - to promote and protect the interests of the road rider by representing the riders' interests where and when it matters. The BMF and their Government Relations Team do a lot of public affairs work in Government to promote the key interests and messages of riders up and down the UK. Below you will find some of their latest work.
HA National Road User Committee (26 September)
Nothing discussed at this meeting was directly relevant to motorcycling. Most of the discussion revolved around the "stocktaking" activities of the new Chief Executive. However, there was a very brief discussion over the changes to salting arrangements on Highways Agency's roads with the HA preferring pre-wetted salt over conventional salt. This is believed to be more ecologically friendly as the salt sticks to the road and therefore less is required.
Motorcycle Crime Reduction Group (24 September)
This meeting largely focussed on the new directions the group would take now the current Chairman, David Short, has left. We also discussed future actions and how we could best make use of the website.
PACTS Road User Behaviour (22 September)
The main focus of discussion revolved around the recent release by the DfT of the Intelligent Speed Adaptation results (the author chairs the group). There was also brief discussion over drink-drive limits.
BMF Tailend / KillSpills Run (20-21 September)
Both Anna and myself attended the KillSpills run to parliament and then the BMF Tailend. Naturally, we also attended the rest of the show.
Institute of Couriers Awards (16 September)
I represented the BMF at this event where couriers are rewarded for exemplary service.
RoSPA National Road Safety Committee (16 September)
Not much of great relevance to motorcyclists was discussed.
Westminster Forum on De-Carbonising Road Transport (15 September)
No mention of motorcycles at this forum at all and there didn't really need to be. Motorcycles contribute a staggeringly small amount of CO2 to the overall total, especially compared to cars and therefore the focus was on how to reduce car emissions. Obviously modal shift was mentioned, but the main focus was regarding improvements to new cars.
For more information on the BMF's public affairs work visit the BMF website.