Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations

Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations (COMO)

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations (COMO) says that good judgement and a quick check of the restrictions and guidance that apply in your part of the UK ensures that motorcycling remains an excellent choice for travel, whatever tier you are in.
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Following the latest changes to COVID regulations COMO has updated its guidance for motorcyclists. COMO emphasise that motorcycling offers a more COVID secure way to undertake essential and permitted journeys than public transport or car sharing. They advise that in England’s Tiers 1 and 2 up to six person, short group rides, can be undertaken. In Tier 3 riding is restricted to a solo experience, or with one other person. In tandem with wider national guidelines, travelling between tiers is discouraged unless there’s a specific reason to do so.
There is detail to consider, and COMO point out that all necessary COVID security measures should be observed. The updated advice document gives this information in detail. Useful links are included to relevant government website pages and the postcode checker to see what tier is in place in any location.
Co-author of the document, Roger Bibbings says:

“We are keen to emphasise that riders must show good judgement. We are far enough into this crisis that I believe we all understand the risks and how this virus passes from one person to the next. It seems to me that the guidance is increasingly moving toward individuals making sound personal judgement calls based on this knowledge. Whilst we may need to curtail or postpone some of our longer, more adventurous riding, there is no real reason why we cannot continue to get much enjoyment from our bikes so long as we remain COVID safe and stick within the rules where we live.”

Kevin Mulligan, speaking on behalf of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for motorcycling said

“We fully support this common-sense messaging. There is no wish to stop riders getting as much from riding as possible, whether that be for essential travel or recreation. As riders – and I too am a rider – we just need to show a degree of constraint and good judgement. Stay safe, stay sensible and enjoy the ride.”

The updated Version 4 Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations COVID-19 Riding Guidelines can be found here:

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations membership consists of representatives from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club (TOMCC) and Biker Down UK.

Previous Releases

24/09/2020 Joint Press Release

01/07/2020 Joint Press Release

21/05/2020 Joint Press Release

Monday 28th September

COVID-19 Motorcycle Riding Guidelines reviewed for compliance with the Rule of Six.

Review keeps the guidelines up to date with evolving legislation

Embargo: 10:30am, 25th September 2020

In light of the new Rule of Six regulations, the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations (CMO) has reviewed its COVID-19 Riding Guidelines. Only minor amendments were necessary to ensure that the guidelines meet the moral goal of staying safe and within both the actual legislation and also within the spirit and intended outcomes of the law.

The Coalition have removed references to a group of 30 and refer to a group of 6 in alignment with the new restrictions. Richard Gladman (IAM) and Roger Bibbings (VMCC) have checked all changes to legislation and advice issued by the Government over this recent period of announcements and the Coalition are happy that the revised edition is fully compliant with the letter and intent of all laws and guidelines.

Commenting on the behalf of Coalition members, Mario Costa-Sa, Chair of the Trail Riders Fellowship said:

“We need to understand what is possible and lawful as responsible organisations who are capable of carrying out risk assessments and equally capable of making Covid safe arrangements should our members wish. The guidelines must remain the go-to guide for those motorcycling organisations making these difficult decisions.”

The revised guidelines can be found online at . The member groups of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations encourage their members and all other riders to read the guidelines and apply the advice to their own efforts to fight the spread of the virus.

Wednesday 29th July

Latest version of COVID-19 Riding Guidelines gains National Police Chiefs Council stamp of approval.

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has issued a revised version of its COVID-19 Riding Guidelines. This third iteration of the guidance based on the latest changes to Government guidelines includes advice on group riding and first responder incident management. The coalition are delighted that the guidance has now received an official seal of approval from Nick Adderley, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for motorcycling.

The coalition has worked hard to distil Government coronavirus guidelines into a single guide relevant to motorcyclists. The guidelines have been updated to encompass recent changes in the constantly evolving advice designed to keep individuals and the wider community safe in these challenging times.

The new guidelines remind riders to plan carefully and to check Government websites including for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and any local lockdowns. They remind everyone not to ride if they are suffering symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive. Other points of emphasis include: checking out COVID-19 security arrangements at indoor venues (but ideally not to meet indoors); keeping riding groups to no more than six; and observing distancing, hand hygiene and mask requirements at all times.

Commenting on the guidelines and the work of the Coalition members, Nick Adderley said:

“I have been asked to review this guidance on behalf of the Coalition of Motorcycle Organisations in my capacity as NPCC lead for police motorcycling and motorcycle related crime. Policing the pandemic has been challenging and often confusing time for all including motorcyclists. We are keen to ensure the public can enjoy social activities and meet up within the parameters of the guidance set by Government.

I am reassured by the work that has gone into the production of these motorcycle specific guidelines. I would particularly like to commend the lead authors, Roger Bibbings of the VMCC and Richard Gladman of IAM RoadSmart for their tireless work on this project. I would encourage all riders, whether they are riding alone or in groups, to consult the guidance and to follow the rules at rest stops and whilst visiting public places. Please act and ride responsibly.”

The revised guidelines can be found online at . The member groups of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations encourage their members and all other riders to read the guidelines and apply the advice to their own efforts to fight the spread of the virus.

Issued on behalf of the Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations by the Motorcycle Action Group

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Tuesday 14th July

COVID 19 and Section meetings

As the current lockdown eases Sections are starting to resume their meetings but these need to be planned and managed so that appropriate measures are in place to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID 19 virus. While the incidence of COVID 19 related deaths is down, the prevalence of infection is still a very significant threat. A number of reports suggest that over 50 per cent of those testing positive for COVID 19 infection do not display symptoms but may nevertheless be capable of transmitting the virus to others. We still need to urge caution, particularly given the relatively high average age of our members and the number of them who have existing conditions that would put them at greater risk of a more serious outcome if they were to become infected. For the foreseeable future we cannot assume that we can now just go back to how things used to be. On the other hand, with care and planning we can still get out and enjoy riding our machines and meeting fellow members.

The following guidance is designed to encourage a discussion in the Club about good practice measures that Sections are taking to help members resume activities while remaining COVID safe and secure. Any official organising an event should study and follow the CoMOrg guidance on COVID 19 (accessible at Due regard needs to be paid to differences in rules and advice in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Where possible, hold Section committee meetings using remote communication platforms like Zoom and Skype. Help those who are not familiar with these to get the hang of them.

In any VMCC run event adequate social distancing (2 metres apart at all times) and hygiene etiquette need to be maintained. Members can be asked to carry COVID safety kit with them such as face coverings and sanitising hand gel.

Those who are unwell or who have tested positive for the virus in the last 14 days (or have been in contact with someone in this category), should be asked to stay away.

An assessment of the venue for the meeting, including COVID security arrangements put in place by venue owners/operators, should be carried out beforehand to ensure that adequate social distancing can be maintained, including while parking, using toilets and other facilities.

Meetings should ideally be held outside and should not be so large that they cannot be organised as individual groups of six people. Asking members to notify their participation in advance can help with planning. If inside for any prolonged period, members should remain suitably socially distanced and also wear a mask.

If larger numbers are expected it may be possible to stagger assembly and departure times.

Only people from members' own households should help unload/load their machines from vans and trailers. It may be useful to remind people to stay apart when helping with breakdowns, adjustments etc. Crews of any vans used for recovery need to be fully COVID aware and prepared.

Members can be advised to bring their own refreshments, and organisers may wish to scout out suitable areas were they can picnic while socially distanced.

Consider what happens if it rains and what to do to avoid people crowding too closely together for shelter. (Use of individual umbrellas can help with social distancing in such situations.)

Consider the format for runs. Arrange for signing on and distribution of route instructions to be done remotely. Navigation events and scatters, which members can undertake solo or in small groups (up to six), have the advantage of being automatically socially distanced, and can be held over more than one day.

Standards of COVID secure behaviour vary widely at the moment across Society, some taking matters very seriously, others acting in a much more relaxed and therefore risky way. Communication before events to members of expectations with regard to COVID 19 security is very important but this needs to be done with tact and sensitivity to avoid any bad feeling.

Organisers should aim to have a 'wash-up' meeting after each Section meeting to see what went well, and not so well and tweak things for next time.

All Sections and members need to share information on how they are managing these challenges so the Club can disseminate good practice and novel solutions.

Stay safe, support one another and enjoy your riding.

Roger Bibbings

Convenor, Regulatory Advisory Group

Wednesday 10th June

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations have today published their updated COVID 19 Riding Guidelines for motorcyclists.

Including clear advice on group riding now that lockdown restrictions are relaxing, the guidelines allow motorcyclists to maintain their mental well-being by riding their bikes whenever they can legally and safely, whilst complying at all times with Government guidelines.

The revised guidelines also carry advice for COVID-safe incident management courtesy of James Sanderson, the founder of Biker Down.

The Coalition continues to await engagement with Government officials, a source of great dissatisfaction amongst the members. Despite the reticence being displayed by the Government, the Coalition remains committed to interpreting rapidly changing legislation and guidance and translating it into clear motorcycling related advice that will benefit all riders in all situations.
Lead authors of the updated guidance were the Vintage Motorcycle Club’s Roger Bibbings and IAM RoadSmart Head of Riding Standards, Richard Gladman.

Richard said:

“As the COVID restrictions begin to relax it is important we remember how close we could be to further lockdown restrictions if the infection rate escalates. We as motorcyclists are duty-bound to help in any way we can, the relaxation has allowed us to gather in small groups as long as we adhere to social distancing rules. The guidance document we have prepared helps with best practice and is intended to help us court the right sort of publicity. Motorcycles are a safe viable form of socially distanced transport but also great support for mental wellbeing”

Roger added:

“Although the initial peak has now passed, COVID 19 remains a potentially deadly infection that can be passed on unknowingly to others. These guidelines are designed to help motorcyclists play their part in getting on top of the pandemic. They are relevant even to group rides that happen quite informally but which in practice still need to be led by someone. So ‘decide who is in charge’ and ‘stay COVID safe at all times’ are the two key messages for all motorcyclists who are riding together”.

The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations has also expanded its ranks. The member organisations are now the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), the Vintage Motorcycle Club (VMCC), the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF), the British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF), IAM RoadSmart, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the Triumph Owners’ Motorcycle Club (TOMCC) and Biker Down UK.

A full copy of the updated guidance can be found here