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Plans for tougher bike laws condemned by motorcyclists

Hundreds of motorcyclists say they'll join a convoy on the M5 motorway today in protest at EU plans they're accusing officials of not thinking through. The EU is considering imposing tough new regulations limiting the sale of parts which bikers use to modify their machines. The proposals would also make ABS compulsory on every bike.

The Motorcycle Action Group, which has organised today's protest, says instead of trying to impose additional regulations the EU should be encouraging bike use to help reduce congestion.

The motorcycle industry has been under severe pressure recently with new licensing directives dissuading riders and what our congested roads need are more bikes, not increased legislation to discourage them

– Paddy Tyson, Motorcycle Action Group Campaign Co-ordinator

The bikers plan to travel at 45mph northbound on the M5 from Taunton to Easton in Gordano before turning around and heading back.

Convoy could lead to motorway chaos Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

40,000 bikers joined the last nationwide ride-out in protest at the EU proposals in September last year. Today's South West Demo is one of 12 being held across the country, mirroring the twelve regions which MEPs represent.