NEW GOVERNMENT PROPOSALS COULD MAKE VEHICLE MODIFICATION ILLEGAL
A new Government consultation – Future of transport regulatory review: modernising vehicle standards – could spell trouble for motorcycling and motoring enthusiasts alike.
Restrictions on modifying vehicles from manufacturers' specification could remove customised or altered bikes and cars from the road.
Aside from possibly legitimate environmental reasons, it seems that one objective is to ensure that, as autonomous vehicles are introduced, they will be able to integrate safely – but only with precisely defined and heavily restricted human-driven vehicles. And it's those (the ones we ride or drive) that will have to be restricted to suit.
At the risk of sounding like a Luddite, I'm not sure that's the right way round?
How all this might affect the continued use of classic vehicles is another area of concern.
It's not entirely clear what will happen next, and no doubt some sensationalist headlines may be coming up, but this document seems to have slipped in under the radar, so it's hard not to be suspicious.
The consultation is only open until 22nd November, so there's not a lot of time to respond...
Read the document here...
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WITLEY MCC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021
The Witley Motor Cycle Club AGM took place at Compton Club Ltd on MONDAY 11th October 2021 at 8.00pm.
I would like to thank all those who attended to support your Club and your Committee.
That’s the AGM done and dusted for another year!
Congratulations to Ian George, our new Chairman and Laurie Richards, our new President; the new Committee look forward to working with you.
Silver Badge and Gold Badge
At our AGM, one of the honours bestowed on Club Members is the Silver Badge. Established in 1931, with the first recipient being H C ‘Charlie’ Wake – who has a trial named in his honour – the Silver Badge is awarded by the President to a Club member whose service has been exemplary.
In accordance with our late President’s wishes, the Silver Badge for 2020 was awarded last night to Geoff Urben.
For decades Geoff has flown the Witley and District MCC flag in grasstrack at National and International level. At 79 years young, he was competing in the West Country this past weekend with his son-in-law and fellow historic Witley member Chris Tyrrell.
On very rare occasions, the President also awards the Gold Badge. This badge is for 50 years unbroken membership of the club – one has to be a certain vintage! This year, trials stalwart Ian Hayward was awarded his ‘Witley Wings’.
Silver Badge recipients
Laurie Richards presents (above) a Gold Badge to Ian Hayward and (left) the 2020 Silver Badge to Geoff Urben
The Committee of Witley MCC is very sad to report the death of our President, W.G Glover, on 24th May, after a short spell in hospital.
Bill had not been in the best of health in recent years, but always tried to stay positive and as involved as he could be with the Club. Up until March 2020, when meetings had to be suspended, he was rarely absent from the Committee table.
An enthusiastic member of Witley MCC for over 65 years, Bill regularly got involved with all manner of sporting and social events from the outset, as rider and official, and became a famous Starter in the days of the Boxing Day Scramble, where he was noted for the rigorous enforcement of the clutch-hand-on-head-until-flag rule using his stick! He reprised his Starter role at many other trials and enduros, and of course at the Long Distance Trial. In more recent times, he was invariably a Club Steward.
Outside the field of competitive sport, always a worker behind the scenes, Bill was also instrumental in managing the team to install and fit out the new Witley/Gas Social Club clubroom in Mary Road, Guildford, in the late 1960s/early 1970s. He was also the Chairman of the Witley & District Sports & Social Club through into the 1980s, and Vice President of Witley & DMCC for many years too, prior to becoming President, following the passing of Bill Boniface.
Outside of motorcycling activities, he was of course an expert craftsman in wood, and many will have seen the results of his skill. Maybe less well known nowadays is that he was a champion rifle shooter and held many awards from competitions at Bisley. And on top of all that, he was one of several Witley members with a strong interest and ability in keeping and breeding birds.
Bill will be very much missed in the Witley community. On behalf of the Club, the Committee offer sincere condolences to his wife Carol, his family and friends.
Bill with one of his wooden masterpieces, a bowl presented to Katherine Brockman in April 2019 on her retirement as Secretary.
The Funeral service took place at Woking Crematorium on Monday 14th June. With the current limits on numbers, Witley MCC was represented by several members with their motorcycles, following the hearse into the grounds before attending the ceremony.
A page from a 2015 Club Newsflash showed Bill taking part in both on- and off-road activities. He also took part in the National Rally.
ACU NEWSLETTER 18 MARCH
ACU NEWSLETTER 11 MARCH
UK motorcyclists will now gain additional power in Government and Parliament on motorcycling issues following the launch of the National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) on Friday March 5th.
ACU NEWSLETTER 14 JANUARY
ACU Motorcycle Sport and Travel
Following the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on 4th January, it is important to emphasise the clear message by the UK Government that we must all Stay At Home.
The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
ACU members should be aware that current UK Government advice states that we should all minimise the time spent outside our homes, but we can leave our homes to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and we should not travel outside the locality of where we live. Exercise can be taken in a public outdoor place:
with the people you live with
with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
or, when on your own, with one person from another household
For elite and amateur sports people, individuals and their Coaches can work together on a one-to-one basis for physical training following social distancing rules and staying in the locality of where they live but travelling long distances to meet up and train is not permitted. The government and devolved administration guidelines have made it clear that all UK sports venues inside and outdoors must remain closed until further notice.
ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey commented, “These are hard times for all, a third national lockdown is tough, but as we have all seen from the news, very necessary to try and minimise the pressure on the NHS which as we know is currently at critical levels all over the country as more and more people are getting infected by coronavirus.
"The message is clear, stay at home, minimise your travel and by all means train within the guidelines, that means physical training with the people you live with or with one other person. Most importantly, ACU members should not be out and about using a motorbike for recreational or training purposes, that goes completely against the UK Government guidelines.
"We are all part of and represent the ACU, either as competitors, Officials or Members. We are the governing body, as recognised by the UK Government and many other organisations and as such we all need to act responsibly. There is light at the end of the tunnel, we just need to be patient, adhere to the rules and support the NHS”.
There should be no organised motorcycle sport activity in any form (i.e. training, practice or competition) until UK Government restrictions are reviewed. The ACU will monitor all government announcements and adjust ACU rules accordingly.