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Bikers for Britain campaign launched against new EU laws

Bikers for Britain feels that the new EU motorbike laws are restricting the access of young riders into biking.
Bikers for Britain feels that the new EU motorbike laws are restricting the access of young riders into biking.
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A 'Bikers for Britain' campaign has been launched with the hope of changing the current EU motorbike laws that were put in place earlier this year.

Recent law changes made by the EU has introduced a new system for motorcycle licensing and testing and has also seen the age restriction for more powerful motorbikes rise to 24 years-old.

These EU plans are part of its third driving licence directive, and are rules and regulations that cover motorcyclists all over Europe, including Britain.

Supporters of Bikers for Britain feel that some of the "overbearing" regulations are punishing motorcyclists, and deterring young riders.

Their website claims that the changes mean riders have to take multiple "hugely expensive" tests, and that it is "restricting the access of young riders into biking".

The new rules are also to help make it easier for riders who travel to other parts of Europe, but Bikers for Britain argue that this isn't necessary as only around half of the riders they polled have been on a motorbike in another European country within the last five years.

Conservative MP, Mike Weatherley is a lifelong motorcyclist, and is one of the key supporters of Bikers for Britain.

Weartherley said on the Bikers for Britain website: "As a lifelong motorcyclist I have long argued that harmonising regulation of this industry across Europe has brought far more costs than it has benefits.

"The EU has chipped away at the freedom of motorcyclists with a seemingly never-ending stream of legislation, when it should be encouraging this mode of transport that reduces congestion and pollutes the environment far less than auto vehicles."

Mike Weatherly was one of two Tory MPs who abstained during the voting of whether there should be an EU referendum, back in 2011.

New motorcycle riders have had to follow some of the new rules since 19 January 2013, and have received the new licences.

Part of the reason for the new licences are to tackle counterfeit problems, and include features such as multicolour security inks, micro-lettering and laser engraving, which helps protect from forgery or tampering with the licence.

To look at the Bikers for Britain web page click here.

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