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French Canadian bikers celebrate victory

June 12, 2010

We recently published a few posts to cover the repetitive protests at ridiculously high bike registration fees in the French speaking Canadian province of Quebec. Protests gathering thousands of bikers have been taking place every week in Montreal and its outskirts, blocking all major roads and causing complete traffic chaos all over the city.

Mouvement Escargot (the French Canadian permanent motorcycle protest group) have just announced that the demonstration initially scheduled for today has been cancelled because an agreement has been reached with the Quebec authorities, including Ms Julie Boulet, Transport Minister. The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ – being the Quebec insurance regulator) together with the Transport Ministry have agreed to implement specific fees for bikes and scrap the existing ridiculous high ones. This is expected to come into effect some time in the summer.



While an agreement has been reached between the bikers and the Government, that doesn’t mean that Mouvement Escargot is going away for good. To the contrary, the organisation will remain for ever as it is a permanent motorcycle protest group designed to protect the rights of motorcyclists and fight against any piece of anti-bike legislation planned or newly introduced in Quebec. Mouvement Escargot is very similar to the French FFMC (Fédération française des motards en colère) for which the mission is also to protect the rights of motorcyclists in France all year round.

While our Quebecois cousins are having a great weekend celebrating their victory against the authorities, bikers on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean are still fighting to have parking charges scrapped in London (England) and lane splitting / traffic filtering made legal in France. Next week will be very busy on either side of the English Channel with enormous demonstrations scheduled for Friday 18th and Saturday 19th June 2010. France will see thousands of bikers blocking the whole country on Friday 18th June and bringing it to a complete standstill while Britain will see on Saturday 19th June thousands of bikers demonstrating on the London Orbital motorway (M25) at a parking tax imposed on them by Westminster City Council in Central London.

It’s only by fighting and standing up for their rights that the bikers will preserve the freedom that they’ve always enjoyed. It’s worked in Quebec, it can work everywhere else!

Below is an extract of the announcement made by Mouvement Escargot in Quebec (in French):-



Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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  1. Phil Randome permalink

    Bien fait, nouvelles excellentes. Les motards et scootards de Quebec ils pourront arroser cet évènement tout le weekend. Chouette !

    Well done, excellent news. Bikers & scooter riders of Quebec will be able to celebrate this event all weekend. Fantastic !

  2. Phil Randome permalink

    C’est notre tour en angleterre/france le weekend prochain et j’espère que tous les scootards/motards feront les manifs le 18 juin (France) et le 19 juin ( Royaume Uni).

    It’s our turn in England/France next weekend & I hope all P2W’s show up for the demo on the 18th June (France) & 19th June ( UK).

  3. 1frog permalink

    Bravo a nos amis cannadiens, cela prouve que ca vaut le coup de protester contre ces lois anti moto.
    Nous arriverons a nos fins aussi en Europe, l’union fait la force.

    Well done to our canadien friends, this is proof that protesting works to get rid of those anti bike laws.
    We will also get our way in Europe, united we stand.

  4. Bandit permalink

    Congratulations Bros! Glad you got your way and that your Politicians are enlightened enough to talk (even if they’re dumb enough to piss you off in the first place!).

    To all the naysayers wimps and pussies in the UK that disagree with biker protesting: WHADDAYA SAY NOW?? Still think that it doesn’t work?

    Tres bien: we take heart for our struggle!

  5. Jody permalink

    I’m not sure any one is celebrating just yet, from my understanding there has been no agreement to scrap the reg fee’s just that they’ll do what politicians always do, they’ll “talk” about them. they agreed to these talks to avoid the bikers bringing montreal to a halt during Grandprix weekend, we only just got it back after the track was falling apart 2 years ago so I’m guessing they would say anything to avoid another international embarrassment. 2 years from now, they’ll still be talking and we’ll still be getting reamed, but then next year we won’t be fooled again.


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