October 29 2005.
The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI)  has announced  the appointment of recent Transport Minister David Jamieson as the new President of MCI. Mr Jamieson replaces outgoing President Stephen Norris who retires after a highly successful five-year stint as MCI President - one of the longest serving Presidencies in MCI's 95 year history.
Mr Jamieson, who retired from Parliament at the recent General Election, brings a wealth of public policy experience to the motorcycle industry. As a road safety Transport Minister, a portfolio he held from 2001 to 2005, he chaired the Government's Advisory Group for Motorcycling and successfully launched the Government's National Motorcycle Strategy in February this year - the first strategy of its kind in Europe.
Mr Jamieson joins the industry at a key moment. The MCI's public policy agenda is at an important stage, with Euro motorcycle licensing proposals from Brussels on the table and legislation which threatens off-tarmac motorcycling before Parliament. There are also a large number of positive initiatives to pursue, with MCI's road user education strategy being launched at the Motorcycle Show and new work underway with Government to implement the National Motorcycle Strategy foremost among these.
Mr Jamieson will work with MCI to develop a number of key projects related to MCI's public policies and will be an important champion of the industry in a fast changing political environment.
MCI's Chairman, Harley-Davidson's Garry Brumfitt said. "The industry is delighted to welcome Mr Jamieson to the MCI. As a fair-minded minister he did much to allow a sensible policy debate about motorcycling to take place during the previous Parliament. His experience and insight will be extremely valuable to the industry. The MCI Board and Officers look forward to working closely with Mr Jamieson during what we expect will be an extremely important Presidency."