Wakefield MAG June 2024 Newsletter

Wakefield MAG Website Banner

Dear Wakefield MAG Member,

Welcome to the Wakefield MAG e-newsletter. If you can't attend our Tuesday meetings regularly, it's the next best thing to keep you up to date with what we are up to.


1) International Ride to Work Day
2) Move on Motorcycling
3) Sales of new petrol motorcycles set to be banned from 2040 ?
4) Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Gathering 2024
5) Farmyard Party Rally
6) Into the Valley Rally Report
7) Wakefield MAG May Day Bike Show Report
8) Yorkshire Pudding Rally
9) MAG Annual General Conference
10) Forthcoming Events (for June and beyond)

1) International Ride to Work Day

Ride to Work Day 2024

International Ride to Work Day is just one week away on Tuesday 11th June (it has traditionally been held on the third Monday of June). International Ride to Work Day is being promoted in the UK by the Motorcycle Action Group.

The Ride to Work Organisation, based in the US, is a non-profit organisation, advocating and supporting the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation. They explained that in certain years, the 3rd Monday in June may fall on the recently established United States federal holiday of Juneteenth and many business and government entities will be closed. Because RTW Day is about riding to work (as well as for utility transportation), they decided to break with tradition and move the event to the Second Tuesday in June.

This day is chosen because it breaks up the workweek better than a Monday day does (RTW Day is a demonstration day), and a midweek day is more likely to receive media coverage than a Monday or Friday. MAG points out that this is an auspicious and symbolic alignment with the Move on Motorcycling concept for the UK General Election (see Below).

Colin Brown, MAG's Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, said: "Move on Motorcycling is all about shaking things up and getting a positive outcome for motorcycling at this pivotal election. It seems fitting that a change to the International Ride to Work Day comes right in the middle of the general election campaign. Riders in the UK have another opportunity to get to work on a motorcycle, but the work this year is about securing a flourishing future for motorcycling. If we can change an institution like Ride to Work Day, then we can change the future of motorcycling by voting for politicians prepared to join our Move on Motorcycling."

Visit the Ride to Work Day website: ride-to-work-day.mag-uk.org and join in on Tuesday 11th June by riding to work. Make your work for the day convincing a political candidate to make the Move on Motorcycling. Find out about Move on Motorcycling here (see Below).

What if you are retired or not in work ? Simply go out on the bike anyway on Tuesday 11th June in rush hour, but with the added advantage that you don't have to end a pleasurable ride prematurely because you have arrived at work .... you just keep going and going and going ... Have fish and chips 150 miles from home, then head back home, the idea is to flood the roads with bikes, people in tin boxes stuck in traffic won't know you are not on your way to work :-)

2) Move on Motorcycling

Move on Motorcycling

MAG's Move on Motorcycling manifesto has been published and perfectly timed for the UK general election campaign. Polling day is on 4th July, but the key to our efforts is to influence opinions and get motorcycling into the election dialogue over the six-week campaign period. Many others will be vying for attention on a wide range of issues. If motorcycling is to cut through, we need your help.

To get the issues we want raised on the agenda for candidates, we need all MAG members to familiarise themselves with the manifesto, share it with any other biker they know and of course ensure that every candidate in every constituency has seen it. We need members help in spreading awareness of the manifesto by all means available. Word of mouth and social media are great tools to aid with this, share it on your pages, share it to your groups and raise the topic with your friends.

Download the PDF version of Move on Motorcyling here

For those who prefer information in video rather than text format please see the MAG YouTube channel where you will find the first 2 of a 4 part Move on Motorcycling series with the next two for release soon.

Watch, comment, and share them all.

Contact your candidates

MAG are also asking riders in the UK to get in touch with their candidates to express their views on motorcycling issues and are offering the following template letter to assist. The template letter is designed in a way that any rider can pick which issues are of most relevance to them as an individual, but still promote the overall Move on Motorcycling manifesto. But, MAG are stressing that letter writing is simply the first strand of a highly creative and varied approach to getting the country to Move on Motorcycling.

You can find the Master Template Letter here

To find the details of candidates in your area visit whocanivotefor.co.uk

MAG is challenging riders to get creative and relying on competitive spirit to create impact. MAG is offering prizes for the individuals and groups who come up with the most original lobbying activity that gets motorcycling and politics coverage in the press and discussed by candidates.

The prizes include 2 free tickets to Yorkshire Pudding Rally on the 2nd to the 4th of August 2024, 2 free tickets to Stormin' The Castle on the 30th of August to the 1st of September 2024 plus a selection of MAG merchandise. To be eligible to win simply send in evidence of your creative lobbying to central-office@mag-uk.org, the competition is only open to all current MAG members including group entries from affliated groups, so if you aren't a member, join now!

The winner will be announed following the election result.

Links to party policies and manifestos

MAG always has been and always will be a-political. MAG will never tell you who you should vote for and will only ever give riders the information to make their own informed choice.

MAG's role is to show you what the political parties' policy impacts will be for motorcycling. The following links will provide you with details published by the parties. MAG will be analysing the alignment between published information from each major political party, and the Move on Motorcycling manifesto, but we would always recommend any individual to review the entire offering of any party before deciding how to vote. Motorcycling can, and should, be a factor in your choice but does not need to be the only factor.

Current seats: 345
Note: no specific transport policy mention

Current seats: 206
Note: no specific transport policy mentioned.

Liberal Democrats
Current seats: 15
Note: see Transport

Current seats: 1
Note: see Transport - Personal Motorised Transport/motorcycles

Reform UK
Current seats: 1
Note: see Transport & Utilities Infrastructure

Workers Party
Current seats: 1

Don't delay, contact your candidates now!

3) Sales of new petrol motorcycles set to be banned from 2040 ?

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has issued a clarification on statements made in a recent Telegraph article. The article titled 'Sales of new petrol motorcycles set to be banned from 2040' has generated much interest and has been repeated by other news organisations.

The article was published on the Telegraph website at 5.21pm on 12th May stating that the sale of new petrol motorcycles is set to be banned from 2040, under plans due to be announced by ministers as part of the Government's net zero crackdown. The article states that this planned announcement is expected by 'industry sources'. The article also states that the Government insists no final decision has been taken on banning sales of petrol motorcycles.

The article has been cited and repeated in several news outlets since and was covered in a recent BBC Radio 4 programme which interviewed Henry Cole on the subject. Many reports state that the Telegraph spoke to MAG, and MAG statements are quoted in the article.

To clarify, MAG has not been approached by the Telegraph. We assume that statements have been lifted from our materials and press releases, but no MAG spokesperson provided information or comment specifically for the article, nor were we asked to.

As the article states, the Government consultation, launched two years ago, proposed the end of sales of non-zero tailpipe emission motorcycles up to 125cc (equivalent) by 2030 and larger motorcycles by 2035. The clear desire was for an earlier date to be achieved for larger motorcycles. At the time the MCIA expressed disappointment that the proposals included not just 50cc mopeds, but all learner legal 125cc bikes in the earlier date. The MCIA prior to the consultation had proposed 2030 for 50cc equivalent and 2040 for all bikes above 50cc.

The article states that high numbers of electric mopeds are being sold, and that they accounted for roughly half of UK moped registrations last year. Sales of 50cc equivalent electric mopeds were at 49.6% in 2023, but this was a decline from 56.3% in 2022. Of more relevance is the fact that sales of electric motorcycles equivalent of up to 125cc petrol (including 50cc) declined from 11.7% in 2022 to 8.2% in 2023. The proportion of electric sales equivalent to 50cc petrol was 'roughly half' but that is not the specific categorisation within the Government proposals for 2030. Of equal note is the fact that the size of the petrol moped market contracted by 30% while the electric moped market size contracted by 40% in 2023 compared to 2022.

Sales of electric motorcycles equivalent to 126cc and above stood at just 0.5% in 2023, a decline from 0.8% in 2022.

For clarity, MAG opposes the entire policy proposal, regardless of date or subcategory. MAG opposed the MCIA proposals, and the Government proposals, and has repeatedly made this clear in meetings with successive Department for Transport (DfT) Ministers over the last two years. In January we were informed by Anthony Browne MP, the current Minister with responsibility for transport decarbonisation, that the final decision and announcement was 'imminent'. However, no indication was made as to what the decision would be. Since January there have been no further announcements, formally or informally.

MAG has received no indication from the Department that the 2040 date proposed by the MCIA is under any more consideration than MAG's calls to scrap the entire proposed phaseout of ICE motorcycles.

MAG has asked for details of the sources of the claim that a 2040 date is likely to be announced. To date, the Telegraph has not responded.

4) Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Gathering 2024

After an absence of four years, the annual gathering of classic vehicles organised by the Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Society is back and is being held on Friday 5th July at Thornes Park, Wakefield, from 4pm to 8pm. All classic vehicles are invited to enter into the show and to be classified as a classic they must be aged over 25 years old ie. Manufactured in or pre-1999.

Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Gathering

Enjoy a summer's evening in the Park wth some wonderful classic vehicles and enthusiasts. Entry is free for spectators.

More info and an entry form can be found at: fleurdelyscvs.wordpress.com

5) Farmyard Party Rally

The 2024 FYP is rapidly approaching (Friday 21st June - Sunday 23rd June). The best value for money bike rally weekend anywhere!!!

26 bands, Stand Up Comedy Show, Custom Show, Classics and Vintage Marquee, Camping with fires (or without), Top Notch Nosh, 4 Bars inc Real Ale Bar & Much More. All for ONLY £50 (Pre-Book)!!!! (car and camper passes available to bikers (and their partners).

NEW FOR 2024 - An action packed weekend awaits those that join us on the Adventure Ride Yorkshire Weekend. This collaboration gives the best of both worlds. All the fun of The Farmyard Party along with access to the local private trail park, green lane trail riding with a choice of routes for all abilities, on some of the best roads in the UK.

We still have tickets for sale at the Wakefield MAG weekly meetings but be quick if you want some as time is running out. Remember, if you buy your tickets directly from us, you save on the on-line booking fee of £2.50 (which is per ticket not per transaction !!!) .... more money in your pocket = more beer money .... what more of an incentive could you possibly want !!!



Marshal numbers are down this year and there is still time to register if you are quick. Every year hundreds of volunteers give up a some of their time over the weekend to help us marshal our events, ensuring they run as smoothly as possible. Without them our events would not be viable, or as successful as they are.

Would you like to get more involved?
Do you look good in hi-vis?
Can you spare a few hours of your weekend?
Do you have hidden skills waiting to be discovered?

We offer a small incentive by way of a marshals package which can help towards food & drink over the weekend. You will also get a big pat on the back from our illustrious, flamboyant leader.

All marshals shifts will be 4 hours long but in one or two cases a 6-hour shift may be allocated and this will be treated as 2 shifts for the marshal's package, which is:

Also, all marshals have the use of showers and a secure marshals camping area.

To volunteer to marshal, fill in the form on the MAG Marshals website: www.magmarshals.co.uk. Closing date for marshals registration is Friday 7th June so be quick !!!


Thank you for volunteering your time to marshal at the Yorkshire MAG events, as without the volunteer marshals, these events simply would not happen.

6) Into the Valley Rally Report

See event report here

7) Wakefield MAG May Day Bike Show Report

See event report here

8) Yorkshire Pudding Rally

Yorkshire Pudding Rally

If you really want an old school bike rally with ...

Then look no further than The 21st Yorkshire Pudding Rally 2024 at Escrick Park, Nr York on the 2nd-4th August.

This is by far the most chilled motorcycle rally on the calendar and is a SELL OUT every year. PRICE HELD AT £35 for 2024.

Tickets are strictly limited and flying out faster than ever, once they're gone, they're gone. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!! We have tickets for sale for the YPR at our Tuesday Wakefield MAG meetings !!! Save yourself an additional £2.50 on each ticket by buying tickets directly from ourselves rather than the website !!!

*blue badge holders in cars are permitted but must pre-book their car. Campervans and motorhomes are NOT permitted at this event.

9) MAG Annual General Conference

The MAG AGC for 2024 returns to God's own County !!!

The 2024 AGC will be held at Driffield Showground (familiar to those of you who attend the Into the Valley Rally) on Saturday 28th of September. The smaller of the two venue halls will be used for the AGC. This is a cracking venue to host the AGC with ample parking and camping (for both tents and Caravans / Motorhomes), plus showers on site along with toilet blocks. There are also a couple of hotels near which will be offering reduced rates for AGC attendees.

A party will be held on the Saturday night with a live band so it promises to be a cracking event all round (and no huge distance to travel for us Yorkshire Folk this year – Result !!!).

10) Forthcoming Events (for June and beyond)

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd June - Farmyard Party (FYP) Rally

See Above. www.mapevents.co.uk

Tuesday 25th June - Wakefield MAG June Social - Event TBC

Friday 5th July - Fleur de Lys Classic Vehicle Gathering 2024

See Above.

Saturday 20th July - South Yorkshire and Huddersfield MAG present the Market Top Box Sale and Bike Show

The Market, 2-4 Wentworth Road, Elsecar, S74 8EP

Tuesday 30th July - Wakefield MAG July Social - Event TBC

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th August - Yorkshire Pudding Rally (YPR)

See Above. www.mapevents.co.uk

Tuesday 27th August - Wakefield MAG August Social - Event TBC

Tuesday 24th September - Wakefield MAG September Social - Event TBC

Saturday 28th September - MAG Annual General Conference

See Above.

See the events page for further details and more !!!

That's all for this month, hope to see you all soon.

Ride Safe .. Ride Free
Steve Travis
Wakefield MAG
0772 078 4734

Wakefield MAG meet at the Thatched House, Stanley, Wakefield at 8:00pm every Tuesday. New (and Old) faces are always welcome.