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UK motorcyclists: ‘It is vital the charging infrastructure meets our needs’

The British Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has repeated its warnings that the needs of motorcyclists are being ignored in charging infrastructure provision. Riders are being urged from all angles to ‘go electric’, but MAG – a member of FEMA – says that the needs of riders are not considered when it comes to charging infrastructure.

Soon after the publication of the Government’s UK electric vehicle infrastructure strategy in March 2022, MAG warned that the interests of motorcyclists were not adequately covered. In a video released by MAG the provision of charging infrastructure for motorcycles has been examined in some depth.

MAG’s Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, said: “We pointed out to the Government that despite our efforts to raise alarms in the consultations, the strategy seemed to ignore the interests of motorcyclists. Well over a year later, speaking to infrastructure providers it is clear that the needs of riders are yet to enter the conversation. I am not aware of the existence of a single dedicated, public motorcycle charging bay in the country. If anyone knows different, please let me know.”

MAG’s National Chair, Neil Liversidge, said: “We are implacably opposed to the Government’s policy to wipe out the internal combustion engine. That does not mean we are opposed to electric motorcycles – they will be part of the future of motorcycling. But the relative significance of that role should be determined by the riders, not the Government. We will campaign just as hard for riders’ needs to be considered in the charging infrastructure as we do for riders’ interests in all other areas. What is clear to me, is that the Government want to force us to buy electric bikes, but cannot be bothered to create even the pretence that they intend to make those vehicles a viable option.”

Source: MAG

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