Wakefield MAG October 2023 Newsletter

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Dear Wakefield MAG Member,

Welcome to the Wakefield MAG 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) Wakefield MAG 21st Birthday Bash Report
2) Yorkshire Region AGM
3) MAG Annual Group Conference
4) ICE Ban Delay
5) MAG's Position Statement on the Climate Change Debate
6) Blanket Speed Restrictions
7) Biker Quiz Nite
8) Fight Motorcycle Theft - Hull Event
9) Kidzaware Christmas Toy Collection
10) Forthcoming Events (for October and beyond)

1) Wakefield MAG 21st Birthday Bash Report

Check out the event report Here

2) Yorkshire Region AGM

The Yorkshire Region AGM was held on Wednesday 6th September (19:30 - 21:00) at Squires Cafe, Newthorpe Lane, Newthorpe, Leeds LS25 5LX.

A fantastic turnout for the Yorkshire AGM and the function room at Squires was pretty much full. The Region officers and Branch Reps gave their respective reports and Wakefield's report was as follows:

2023 Yorkshire AGM - Wakefield Branch Report

Wakefield MAG have held a number of social and fundraising events throughout the year, including:

Other Branch Activity:

Bank A/C balance is: £863.21


Although we have done a lot during the year and raised a lot of money for the MAG Fighting Fund, things are not all rosy at Wakefield MAG:

Following the branch reports it was time for the nominations and election of Regional Officers for 2023/24. Your Yorkshire MAG committee for 2023/24 is, cue drum roll:

This is virtually unchanged from last year with the exception of Secretary - many thanks to Marcus Houlden who held this role in 2022/23, and thanks to Oliver Rose who has stepped into the breach for 2023/24.

Thank you for your trust in me by re-electing me as Regional Rep. I did say at the AGM that you have a golden opportunity to get rid of me if you thought I was the shitest regional rep in living memory ...... and you still voted for me LOL

Tony Berry Memorial Award - this is for a member who has made an outstanding contribution within the region over the past year. No nominations had been received for this award so Steve Travis as Regional Rep made an executive decision (and one that wasn't particularly hard to make) - due to his efforts growing the branch and expanding it's influence into North Yorkshire, it would go to the York Rep Richard Suddaby, which was unanimously endorsed by all present - well done Spud !!!

In Any Other Business (AOB) it was agreed how much would be donated to Central at the forthcoming MAG AGC. It was agreed to leave £1,000 in the Yorkshire MAG account, and donate the remainder, which was due to be boosted by donations from Wakefield MAG and £500 from Huddersfield MAG which was donated at the AGM itself. In the end we were able to make a £3,200 donation to Central on behalf of Yorkshire MAG (See Below.)

3) MAG Annual Group Conference

MAG's 2023 Annual Group Conference (AGC) was held on Saturday 23rd September at Balliol Hall, West Huntspill in deepest Somerset, hosted by Sarah Poole and Taunton MAG. A good turnout at this years AGC, more were there than at last year's AGC in Allerton Bywater, which was held right on our doorstep.

Bit of a killer trip to get there with lengthy hold ups on the M42 and M5, taking 6 hours to get there (Sat Nav had estimated 4 !!!), but sensibly, most of us had opted to come the day before and stay locally overnight. Five Yorkshire MAG members made the trip south for what was MAG's 50th Annual Group Conference.

Everyone present contributed thoughtfully and played a full part in our policymaking. I am sincerely grateful to all our members and extend my warmest congratulations to all those whose efforts were acknowledged in the awards ceremony, in which Yorkshire featured heavily:

As Yorkshire Region Rep, I was also pleased to make a £3,200 donation to Central on behalf of Yorkshire MAG, as voted on at our recent Yorkshire MAG AGM.

Way to go Yorkshire MAG !!!!

You can watch the highlights here

4) ICE Ban Delay

Great news that the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) ban on new vehicles has recently been delayed from 2030 to 2035 !!! .... Right .... Well, no actually. Read on ....

The Government published it's response to the Zero Emmission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate on the 28th September 2023 confirming that it will go through as proposed but with a minor tweak for vans. This is despite the headline announcements of the 2030 date being delayed to 2035.

The quotas for cars are as follows:

Table 1: annual targets for ZEV sales shares from 2024 to 2035 for cars

203184% (*)
203288% (*)
203392% (*)
203496% (*)
2035100% (*)

(*) Target will be set out in future legislation later in the decade.

The quotas for vans are:

Table 2b: annual targets for ZEV sales shares from 2024 to 2035 for vans

203176% (*)
203282% (*)
203388% (*)
203494% (*)
2035100% (*)

(*) Target will be set out in future legislation later in the decade.

This applies to cars and vans from 2024, but not yet motorcycles. Manufacturers will face hefty fines if they fail to meet the sales quotas, effectively enforcing electric vehicles on us. The announced delay of the ban to 2035 is largely immaterial in the face of the ZEV mandate, and it is feared that motorcycles will have a similar mandate applied when they finally announce the outcome allegedly this autumn.

It is felt likely that they will stick with 2035 as the date for all motorcycles dropping the 2030 date for smaller bikes, but in the face of the ZEV mandate manufacturers will be forced to phase out the petrol models up to 125cc simply to meet the quota obligations. This will effectively force the removal of choice for 125cc sooner than 2030 which would be a dramatically worse outcome than a straight ban in 2030. Learners will be learning on twist and go electric but how will they then transition to geared bikes? Sales of illegal e-bikes, and no doubt increased levels of associated antisocial behaviour by unlicensed riders will further diminish the public perception of motorcycling and we will face ever more calls for restriction of our freedoms.

Most members of the public are blissfully unaware of the ZEV mandate - we all need to shine a light on it, at least in the riding community so that they wake up to the implications. This is NOT GOOD NEWS at all. Anyone got a spare 24 grand for a 600cc 'equivalent' electric motorbike !?!?!?!!?

Published results of the Zero Emmission Vehicle (ZEV) consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-zero-emission-vehicle-zev-mandate-and-co2-emissions-regulation-for-new-cars-and-vans-in-the-uk/outcome/zero-emission-vehicle-zev-mandate-consultation-summary-of-responses-and-joint-government-response#joint-response-to-summary-of-responses

5) MAG's Position Statement on the Climate Change Debate

MAG has been accused of being a climate change denier through it's campaigning activity opposing the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) ban. This is an attempt to close down rational debate (which is very dangerous in a democratic society) and is akin to labelling someone as a racist if they speak out about illegal economic migration. It's a lazy counter-argument, and one thrown out to try and discredit anyone who dares to question the flimsey basis on which flawed policy decisions are being made.

However, to set the case straight, MAG's National Committee has agreed the following Position Statement on the Climate Change Debate.

MAG accepts Earth's climate is changing and has been since the planet formed. With the population growth of modern times, it would be surprising if humanity had not contributed to that change. The resulting issues must be thoroughly considered, and the policies developed in response should be based on sound information. All legitimate interests must also be given fair consideration. That can only happen if the debate is free, open, fair, and honest. Suppressing free speech, as some parties are attempting, is unacceptable in a democratic society, and in practical terms, rushing to a conclusion and then attempting to close down the debate, is not the best way to identify or solve any problem. Indeed, it is likely to result in worse outcomes. The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (IPCC) itself has stated that there is considerable uncertainty as to what difference human activity has made to the climate and has warned against narratives exaggerating the anthropogenic effect.

MAG's Position

UK National Security and that of the Free Liberal Democracies

Forcing a wholesale shift to battery electric power threatens the UK's national security along with that of the entire free world, by giving countries that are both aggressive and expansionist the added advantage of tremendous economic savings, at the same time as they themselves refuse to adopt economically crippling emissions reduction targets.


MAG has never denied that climate change is a reality. Earth's climate has changed constantly and will no doubt continue to do so. However, how our modern way of life has contributed to this change over the last 250 years is a legitimate subject for debate, as is the degree to which change can be ameliorated by abandoning an energy source that has been of enormous benefit to humanity. It is perfectly legitimate for us to engage in the climate debate, and we shall continue to do so, however loudly the enemies of free speech, reasoned argument, and critical thinking may protest.

6) Blanket Speed Restrictions

You will no doubt have heard of the blanket speed restriction of 20MPH recently imposed across all villages, town and cities throughout Wales. Next is the Wirral and coming soon to a town near you !!!!

You may want to sign the Welsh Government petition to overturn this ban: https://petitions.senedd.wales/petitions/245548. This has nearly half a million signatures and is the fastest growing petition ever to be launched, such is the opposition to the 20MPH limit across Wales.

These limits will sneak in everywhere if we do not oppose them, despite whatever the Prime Minister has to say about stopping the war on the motorist (as can be seen Above he may have moved the ICE ban date to 2035, but the ZEV mandate will still force you into an electric vehicle against your will, much sooner than you may think).

Watch this Youtube video which uncovers the scam behind the speed restrictions being imposed against our will - and it's NOT just about the 20mph limit - watch it right to the end, it's thought provoking stuff.

7) Biker Quiz Nite

Quiz flyer

The legendary and hugely popular annual Wakefield MAG Bikers Quiz Nite is next month !!!

The quiz will be held at 20:00 on Tuesday 28th November 2023 at the Thatched House, 434 Aberford Road, Stanley, Wakefield, WF3 4AA. We are planning a few changes to the format this year but there will still be 60 questions, 30 of which will be motorcycle related and 30 will be general knowledge. The quiz is hotly contested throughout Yorkshire and the prestigious roll of honour is:

Who will win in 2023 ? .... Leeds Again Probably !

Open to All. £1 entry fee p.p. Team (Max. 5) or individual entry. Great prizes for the winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd), plus booby prize for the least number of correct answers.

And just for a change ....... All proceeds to the MAG Fighting Fund ;-)

8) Fight Motorcycle Theft - Hull Event

The Fight Motorcycle Theft roadshow comes to Yorkshire this month !!!

Fight Motorcycle Theft - Hull

Humberside PCC, Jonathan Evison, has confirmed his attendance at the public meeting on 21st October. He will join senior officers and MAG's Colin Brown on the panel event.

Hull has seen more than its fair share of motorcycle theft and related antisocial riding. This criminal activity has led directly to loss of life. Humberside Police responded with the launch of Operation Yellowfin in 2018. Local MAG representatives fully support and endorse the response and have a good working relationship with the local police.

Motorcycle thefts increased 58% in 2022 compared to the previous year. In February this year Kane McBride, 19, and Adam Wright, 25, died after crashing a stolen 600cc Yamaha Diversion. The bike had been stolen from its owner's workplace in East Hull just over two hours before the fatal crash.

MAG published an employer's guide to secure motorcycle parking as part of its efforts to help.

MAG's Director of Campaigns & Political Engagement, Colin Brown, said: "Whilst we fully support Operation Yellowfin and the efforts of Humberside Police to date, it would be wrong to say that enough is being done. The legitimate, law-abiding riding community is being grossly over-impacted by vehicle theft compared to other road user groups and we need the authorities to recognise this. I have been investigating the loss of life issue that links with motorcycle theft and am increasingly shocked that this connection has not already taken centre stage in the discussion of this form of vehicle theft. I hope that the meeting in Hull will be another step towards giving the issue of motorcycle theft both the local and national priority that it should command amongst the police, and all stakeholder agencies."

The meeting will follow the established format for MAG Fight Motorcycle Theft meetings with the audience Q&A session being the main event. MAG encourages as many local riders as possible to attend to raise their specific questions and concerns.

The event has been made possible by the efforts of Garry Williams, the East Yorkshire MAG Rep, and the team of volunteers who give up their time to promote riders' rights in the area. Please help us to make this event have a real impact.

The Hull event will be held 13:00-15:00 at the Alexandra Pub Function Room, 69 Hessle Road, Hull, HU3 2AB.

Leeds Update: As you are hopefully aware, we had originally scheduled the Leeds meeting for Saturday 24th June at the John Charles Centre but we couldn't get the availability of key stakeholders on that particular date (local MP's, Mayor, Police and Crime Commissioner and/or Deputy etc). Rather than see it crash and burn it was better to postpone and reschedule when we can get the availability of the key stakeholders. This original date was suggested by Leeds Council based on availability of the meeting room at the venue. We are still trying to get the availability of Tracy Brabin, who, as the Mayor of West Yorkshire, is also responsible for functions previously exercised by the Police and Crime Commissioner including setting out a police and crime plan and determining police and crime objectives. A key stakeholder indeed. However, MAG's requests for her availability to attend the Fight Motorcycle Theft meeting are falling on deaf ears, which unfortunately sends out a clear message that she does not consider this a priority.

Feel free to contact our Mayor and ask why she is seemingly unwilling to attend a West Yorkshire Motorcycle Theft Meeting with very concerned constituents who do regard this as a major crime issue impacting bikers in West Yorkshire.

WY Major Email: mayoral.enquiries@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

9) Kidzaware Christmas Toy Collection

Christmas Toy Collection

We are hosting another Christmas Toy Collection for Kidzaware, for Christmas 2023. We are collecting toys and presents (age range: A few months to early twenties) which we will deliver to this very worthwhile local charity in early December.

Please bring along any toys / presents (unwrapped at this stage) to any Tuesday Wakefield MAG meeting, up to and including Tuesday 12th December. If you can't make a meeting but would still like to donate some toys / presents, please let us know, and we'll arrange to collect them from you. Thank you in advance for supporting this most worthwhile Wakefield based charity.

10) Forthcoming Events (for October and beyond)

Saturday 21st October - Fight Motorcycle Theft 2023 HULL

See Above. 13:00-15:00 at the Alexandra Pub Function Room, 69 Hessle Road, Hull, HU3 2AB

TBC - Fight Motorcycle Theft 2023 LEEDS

Sunday 11th November - Wakefield MAG at the City of Wakefield Memorial Sunday Parade & Service

Rideout to Royal British Legion Riders Branch event at Mirfield, following our attendance at the Remembrance Service.

Tuesday 28th November - Wakefield MAG 19th Annual Bikers Quiz Nite

See Above. 20:00 in the Thatched House, Stanley, Wakefield. £1 p.p (to cover cost of prizes)

Saturday 2nd December - Wakefield MAG Christmas Do

Meeting from 12:00 onwards (meal at 13:00) at the Thatched House, Stanley, Wakefield. £19.95 for the 4 course Christmas meal (Traditional Christmas Dinner, Salmon or Vegetarian Pasta). Come for the meal, or meet us after for drinks, or do both ... the choice is yours. Christmas hats and reindeer antlers strictly optional.

Tuesday 12th December - Deadline for Kidzaware Christmas Toy Collection Donations

See Above. 20:00 in the Thatched House, Stanley, Wakefield.

Tuesday 16th January 2024 - Wakefield MAG 22nd Annual General Meeting

19:30 for a prompt 20:00 start in the Thatched House, Stanley, Wakefield

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.