Bikers in protest at law change

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HUNDREDS of motorbikes took part in a go-slow protest on a busy road.

About 700 motorbikes drove on the A1 at speeds as slow as 30mph, causing congestion on both carriageways between Washington services and Morpeth.

The Motorcycle Action Group held a national day of protest on Sunday against proposed EU legislation changes relating to motorcycle repairs, hi-viz clothing and crash barrier design, which they say impacts unfairly on them compared with other road users.

Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward, of Northumbria Police, said: “Thanks to positive action by motor patrol officers, tailbacks on the A1 were kept to a minimum.

“While the majority of bikers protested in a responsible manner, a minority were intent on causing traffic disruption.

“As a result, 45 bikers were stopped and issued with Section 59 Police Reform Act warnings.

“I’m pleased how we managed this protest.”

He added: “We are committed to facilitating peaceful protests and we always try to work closely with the organisers.”