Well, if you can't beat them...
And you can't. Whoever you vote for, it is
said, the Government will get in. That's true, of course,
but it shouldn't stop you from exercising your vote. Democracy
only works if we all get off our backsides and make it work.
Incompetent MPs rely on the fact that, increasingly, the British
People can't be bothered to go and vote them out of a job.
So do something about it!
You may not understand the difference in
policies between the parties on War in Iraq, taxation, pensions
or the NHS. You may not even care. But we thought that we
should go see what their attitudes are to the things that
really matter to us - bikes and biking.
Of course they'll fudge their answers and
tell us what they think we want to hear. But at least we may
be able to tell whether they've actually thought about it
We'll have the answers to the questions in
a day or two. But here's an opportunity to really get them
thinking. Two of the three amjor parties have been very helpful.
The third hasn't yet replied to anything at all. We're giving
them until Wednesday before we release the results, just in
cas ethey've simply screwed up.
Between now and then let us know if you think
we've missed anything and we'll see if we can get a quick
Here are the questions
What is your
stand on speed limits generally, and on the use of
automated enforcement methods as opposed to traffic police?
Do you agree that casualty figures have not fallen as hoped
and that perhaps it is time to look at an alternative approach
to road safety? What would that approach be?
Motorcycles are currently
not generally allowed in bus lanes. What is your stand on
this and how would you justify this position?
Motorcycle visors are
generally made to the same standard, regardless of their target
market or the degree of tint they carry. Given that it is
perfectly legal to wear cheap, non protective and non impact
resistant totally dark sunglasses under a clear visor on a
cloudy day, how do you feel about the fact that it remains
illegal to wear a well constructed, UV blocking visor that
is tinted by more than 50%, regardless of conditions? For
that matter, a visor which has the legal tint but is iridium
coated is also illegal, which surely is even more of a paradox.
Motorcycle theft is a
real problem. What measures would you introduce to address
this, especially in terms of parking facilities?
Vital road improvement
measures often seem to be accompanied by a reduced speed limit
on the basis that funding will only be forthcoming if this
is the case. What is your opinion on using road engineering
as a sole means of casualty reduction?
Similarly the other E of the safety triangle – Education
– seems to be somewhat neglected. What is your position
on both basic and advanced road user training and the qualifications
needed to allow a person in charge of a vehicle on the Queen’s
Highway? How do you feel about the difference licensing standards
for drivers and riders?
Green Lanes are –
rightly – an area of concern in that they are being
damaged and sometimes rendered unusable by inappropriate vehicular
traffic. What is your standing on motorcycles using green
lanes in general and how will you justify that in the face
of opposition either from ramblers or from motorcyclists?
What is your view on congestion
charging, road charging and tolls generally, as well
as in particular relation to motorcycles? How about parking
Finally, is there anything
you would like to add about motorcycling or transport in general
that has not been covered here?