The Government is being urged to give motorcyclists access to all bus lanes – after it was deemed the top priority that will lead to better outcomes for riders.
In January, representatives of the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) met roads minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton. During the meeting, the minister asked MAG to create a list of its top five priorities.
MAG was keen that the list should be truly representative of the opinions of riders – and conducted a survey of its members.
This resulted in the following list of priorities:
- Access to all bus lanes
- Better road surfaces
- Safer crash barriers
- More and better parking provision
- Simplified licencing and training
MAG says the survey results coincide with themes that it regularly campaigns on at local level.
MAG has submitted the list along with a number of suggested ideas for how the Government can deliver these outcomes.
Colin Brown, MAG’s director of campaigns and political engagement, said: “Given the warmth of our meeting I am sure that the minister will give the priority list fair consideration.
“I hope that she will instruct officials to work with MAG to ensure that all possible levers to support the local delivery of these priorities are used.
“The stock response by central Government on questions such as bus lanes has always been that they are a matter for local government. However, it does have considerable influence on the local decisions.
“I am sure that now the minister has demonstrated the will, the way can be found. In short, I see this as the start of a long, but happy, adventure.”
19 March 2021