UK Comments about Government Speed
No to Throttle Control – No to
Issued 23rd August 2006
In the light of
comments made in the motorcycle press about the
acceptability of Intelligent Speed Adaption (ISA)
technology, The Motorcycle Action Group wishes to make its
position crystal clear.
MAG say, "No Way Jose" to External Vehicle Speed Control.
MAG President Ian Mutch was emphatic about the issue. "Let's
keep this one simple, we don't want it, not today not
tomorrow not ever."
Withdrawing control from the rider is fundamentally what MAG
was set up to oppose.
MAG’s Director of Public Affairs Trevor Baird recently rode
a prototype motorcycle fitted with ISA technology which was
developed by the University of Leeds, the Department for
Transport and MIRA (Motor Industry Research Association).
The system fitted to the bike slows the bike down through
speed limits by acting on the throttle from information
supplied by digitally mapped GPS signals. The system also
warns the rider of the speed limit through audible alarms,
flashing lights and vibrating apparatus in the seat.
Baird condemned the prototype technology as, "dangerous as
it overloads the rider with information thus distracting
concentration. Furthermore the apparatus as it is at present
will close the throttle mid corner where consistency of
power is critical to stability. However we must be aware of
future developments that may overcome these shortcomings as
the technology evolves."
Whatever technical improvements are made, MAG is clear about
Motorcycling is about fun and freedom and control, your hand
on your throttle, your decision. If people abuse that
control and fall foul of the law then that is a different
issue but when technology is deployed to directly control
motorcycles then a big line is crossed and MAG knows exactly
which side of that line it stands on.
This is ultimately a philosophic issue, it's not just about
safety, it's about what sort of society we want to live in.
MAG says, we don't want to live in a society with the level
of control which ISA can make possible and we intend to get
more votes for our point of view than the safety zealots get
To this end MAG is re launching its 2001 campaign to oppose
the compulsory fitment to privately owned vehicles of any
device designed to arbitrarily remove control from the
driver and asks all vehicle users to sign the Mulhouse
Declaration on the MAG campaign website at www.mag-uk.org
where riders can join the organisation on line.