NMC and NMDA Announce Partnership on Motorcycling Issues

New relationship strengthens motorcyclists lobbying and campaigning authority

October 19, 2021

The National Motorcyclists Council (NMC) and the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) have today announced a new partnership on matters relating to motorcycling campaigning and government policy issues. As part of this, the NMDA and the NMC have become members of each other’s organisations.

There are several issues relating to government policy towards motorcycling where the interests of both dealers and riders align. Particularly in the area of how motorcycling is treated in core transport and road safety policy. As rider facing businesses, motorcycle dealers are aware of many issues that affect their motorcycling customers and as the dealers representative body, the NMDA largely supports the NMC approach to dealing with these. Likewise, the NMDA operates a strong lobby position on several issues which are supported by the NMC.

The NMC’s member organisations represent a motorcycling public which has regular contact with dealers and the trade, meaning that the new partnership will help foster good relations between the trade and motorcycling groups through the exchange of information and views on various motorcycling public policy and consumer topics.

Craig Carey-Clinch, the NMC’s Executive Director said: “The NMC is delighted about this new partnership and welcomes the NMDA into NMC membership. Given the direct interface that dealers and the wider trade have with motorcyclists, NMDA members have an understanding of many of the issues that face motorcycle riders in the UK. There are several rider issues where the NMDA and NMC have common interests and the new partnership can only strengthen the cohesiveness and authority of motorcyclists voice to government.”

Patrick O’Connell, Head of the NMDA said: “The rider is at the very core of NMDA member businesses. We are happy to have NMC in membership, our partnership highlights the understanding that our sector is rider focussed and that there are far more issues that unite us than divide us. The relationship will strengthen our collective voice in government and reinforce our member relationships with the general public, bringing benefit to the whole sector.”


Notes to Editors

1. For further comment from the NMC please contact Craig Carey-Clinch, on 07979 757484 / craig@uknmc.org. For comment from the NMDA, please contact Patrick O'Connell on 07436 404102 / patrick.oconnell@rmif.co.uk

2. National Motorcyclists Council members are: The Auto Cycle Union, the British Motorcyclists Federation, IAM RoadSmart, the Motorcycle Action Group, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association and the Trail Riders Fellowship