Regulatory Advisory Group (RAG)
The VMCC advocates that restoring, riding and maintaining vintage and classic motorcycles:
- provides a worthwhile hobby and enjoyment for tens of thousands of people;
- facilitates a thriving local social scene that promotes self-help and the development and maintenance of numerous practical skills;
- helps preserve an important element in Britain’s engineering heritage and supports the handing on of knowledge and enthusiasm to subsequent generations;
- supports a conservation industry worth millions of pounds to the economy;
- provides a source of interest and fascination for the wider public, through participation in events, helping to support museums and tourism as part of Britain’s rich heritage industry;
- has a good safety record (particularly when compared with other classes of vehicle);
- has a tiny environmental impact, particularly given the limited overall mileage ridden and when compared with the far greater contribution to emissions made by other classes of vehicle; and
- is ‘green’ by definition, in the preservation and recycling of machines and materials.
The COMORG ‘Riding Covid Safe’ guidelines (https://www.mag-uk.org/covid-19-motorcycle-riding-... ), adopted jointly with other motorcycling groups such as MAG, the BMF, ACU, IAMRoadsmart, TOMCC and the TRF, and which the VMCC helped to initiate, are an example of sensible collaborative work which has now gained police endorsement and is likely to lead to greater cooperation in future between all major motorcycling organisations.
More volunteers to help with RAG's work are always welcome.
RAG members' areas of expertise:
- Roger Bibbings MBE (Convenor) - Safety and risk management, regulation, lobbying
- Graham Leake- Debris and highways issues
- Bernard Kuropka - Engineering
- Jacqueline Bickerstaff - Legislation Committee FBHVC
- Dennis Beale - Flat tankers, DVLA, C&U issues, licensing, testing
- David Giles - Trials and off-road
- Peter Henshaw (Records/documents keeper) - Motorcycling journalism and deep marque knowledge