April 1st 2005.
The BMF has asked that motorcycles be included in a new proposed congestion-busting carpool lane on the M25 following news that Transport Secretary Alastair Darling is considering the new system.
Although The Highways Agency has confirmed that motorcycles would be allowed in these lanes, BMF Government Relations Executive, Richard Olliffe, said that he was awaiting official confirmation but fully expected that motorcycles would be able to use such lanes.
His main concern is that the apparent renaming of HOV lanes to 'carpool lanes' may mean that only vehicles registered to a national carpool system will have legal access with enforcement carried out by automatic number plate recognition systems.
He said: "It's important that we get this clarified because if electronic enforcement is used, either all bikes will need to be registered as well, or more likely, exempted but allowed access."