Group motorcycle rides – even for charities – have been banned in one UK council area unless riders inform police and the local council first.
Harlow Council in Essex has banned motorcyclists in groups of two or more from riding together between 10am and midnight until April 2017 without council or police approval. The first ride affected was a memorial ride to honour a young student.
The move smacks of the VLAD “bikie crackdown” in Queensland where certain riders were not allowed to ride or associate in groups of more than two and the police even wanted all group rides registered with them.
While the situation in Queensland was an Orwellian move to monitor for an infiltration of so-called outlaw bikies, the UK ban is simply to prevent some riders “annoying” the public.
It seems the council decision is in reaction to some riders speeding, pulling wheelies and other stunts or making too much noise with aftermarket exhausts.