Biker meeting follows bridge protest
10:20am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
A group of local bikers will meet this evening (Monday) to discuss further action, following a protest at the Cleddau Bridge last Sunday.
Pembrokeshire MAG will meet at the Prince of Wales pub, in Laws Street, Pembroke Dock, at 7.30pm.
The group staged a mass protest at the Cleddau Bridge toll booths in their campaign to get charges scrapped for motorbikes.
At least 25 members of the Pembrokeshire Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) rode across the bridge en masse, driving home their argument that motorbike tolls cause unnecessary traffic jams.
MAG’s south Wales representative Phil McFadden said: “We had some public support, but we also upset a few people, which was inevitable, and we regret that. But we had to make our financial contributions to the council’s coffers.”
Mr McFadden said that each biker took about three minutes to get through the booths, which created a substantial queue for Sunday motorists.
He said that the bikers were required to put their bikes on a stand and switch off the engines for safety reasons, before locating the money and waiting for the correct change.
“We do not want to cause mayhem or inconvenience people, but we had to do things properly,” he said.
“The traffic backed up quite quickly, and there was only 25 of us. There’s no telling what would happen if there was any more.”
He added: “It’s early days at the moment, and these campaigns can go on for a long time.
But we hope that this protest will give way to some discourse with the county council.”
Last week, Pembrokeshire County Council said that it intended to “maintain the status quo with free passage being granted only for the disabled in prescribed circumstances”.