A Brisbane motorcycle mechanic was made to take off his shirt on a busy roadside during a recent police ID check. Oz-Racing owner and mechanic Ozzy Graf says he was humiliated having to take off his shirt to prove to police he had no “incriminating” bikie tattoos.
Meanwhile, mums drove by with their children after picking them up from school.
He says he was pulled over in his van because it had the word “motorcycle” signwritten on the side and the police were checking for any bikie involvement. He says he has never done any work for any bikie clubs.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman apologised to recreational riders that they may suffer some “minor inconvenience” in the current police action against bikies under new far-reaching legislation.
How would he feel having to take off his shirt in front of mums and school children on a busy roadside? Would he call that a minor inconvenience?
I can’t wait to ask the Police Minister Jack Dempsey if such a situation is a “minor inconvenience”.
And thanks to the Queensland Police bikie task force, I will get the chance.
MotorbikeWriter.com has been invited to the next meeting with Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and the Police Minister on Tuesday.
At their first meeting with recreational motorcycle club representatives, Commissioner Stewart proposed the idea of the controversial voluntary ride register. READ ABOUT THE REGISTER HERE
It will be interesting to hear the Commissioner’s response on the effectiveness of his suggestion and to answer questions about ongoing harassment of recreational riders.
According to a poll on this website, 93% of respondents say they would not register their ride.
At least we can now confirm that the Minister is serious about ongoing liaison with recreational riders.
The email invitation to the meeting from Task Force Maxima Senior Sergeant Shaun Dinon says: “As you know the Minister expressed a desire to hold a further meeting to continue discussions and provide you with an update regarding the legislation and Government intent.”
Check back here on Tuesday afternoon for a report on the meeting.
Meanwhile, take the time to go for a ride this weekend. Spend your money at motorcycle shops, biker-friendly cafes and biker pubs which are suffering from these laws. Read my story here. Also, it would be great to see you at the Freedom Ride rallies planned around the country on Sunday (December 1).
We are expecting thousands to turn out in what is bound to be an historic event.
It should also become an annual event to show our numbers and lobby government over issues such as lane filtering, free footpath parking, concessional multiple rego, etc.
While I can understand the justification for many rider’s anger over the current erosion of civil liberties contained in these new laws, the Freedom Ride rally organisers hope for a peaceful protest, not a riot.
It has specifically been planned for a Sunday so as not to disrupt traffic.
They want to show the media and public the reasonable, considerate and responsible face of motorcycling.
We don’t want the media to herald the rally as another bikie riot. It was a mini-riot (the Gold Coast bikie brawl) that started the knee-jerk response from the government. We don’t need to give them any fuel for more draconian laws.