The Movimiento en Defensa de la Moto has now been set up. It is made up of companies and associations related to two-wheeled vehicles and its objective is to "defend riders as a group". Moreover, it reminds politicians before the imminent general election, that there are 5 million riders, and therefore votes, up for grabs in Spain.
Those that signed the founding principles of this pressure group state their commitment to "defending, pro-actively and constructively, the legitimate interests of riders". At the same time, and with the same vehemence, it denounces the "attacks, discrimination and malice that riders have been subjected to by the authorities and recent laws".
The newly born pressure group “Promoto” emphasises the fact that riding a two-wheeled vehicle is an "option that is legal and freely-chosen" by 5 million Spaniards and one that "deserves a system of driving licences that can guarantee their safety and correct training for a fair price, without paying more than other Europeans".
The manifesto contains several demands, the most notable of these being: "The same freedom of movement among countries in the CEE as for the rest of European citizens". The Movimiento en Defensa de la Moto denounces the limits imposed on holders of type A2 licences as they cannot travel freely outside of Spain. This is because the country has adopted the European directive that regulates this type of licence and others have not.
The general secretary of Anesdor himself (Asociación Nacional del Sector de Dos Ruedas), José María Riaño, has stated that “in the run up to a general election it is very positive that these five million riders speak with a single voice to defend their legitimate interests, something which in recent times have been cut back”.