Some time ago I created a draft policy statement on RFID devices. Given the latest news that Spain is planning to move to an electronic identification system for all motor vehicles within the next few years this is an issue that has now become of significant importance. I circulated the original out to the various AMC executive and MRA (Vic) members a while back and I've incorporated their responses into it. In general the belief from everybody is that it will eventually happen so I've aimed at softening the impact as much as possible. Comments please gentlemen. Draft position statement of Electronic Identification for Motorcycles. 1. Studies are currently being conducted in various places around the world on the implementation of Radio Frequency Identification Devices (RFID) for vehicles. 2. The Motorcycle Riders Association (Victoria) recognises the value of such devices for identification of vehicles and for law enforcement and in aiding with the recovery of stolen vehicles. 3. While such devices are extremely useful there is a downside to their use which, if mismanaged, has very serious privacy implications. 4. Therefore the Motorcycle Riders Association (Vic) is prepared to consider the use of RFID only under the following circumstances. a. That any such implementation must be not just for motorcycles, but for all road users with no exceptions. b. That such devices be capable of short range identification only by land based receivers. (i.e. no satellite GPS positioning and tracking of vehicles be available) c. That such identification must not be used for vehicle tracking purposes. d. Any database matching must only be permitted for vehicles actually committing an offence, that are recorded as stolen or unregistered and that only these vehicles will have identifying information recorded. e. That no road user will suffer any additional fees or charges for such identification but that all associated costs to do with implementation, distribution and fitting of transponders etc., etc. shall be part of the relevant governt department's budgets. f. That any such identification equipment be designed such that it is safe and convenient to fit to motorcycles and scooters, be acceptable to motorcycle manufacturers and insurers and have at least a 95% reliability rate. g. That it is not associated with the dangerous practice of remote speed control of vehicles in any way. h. That full public consultation must be carried out and complete agreement obtained from all stakeholders prior to any testing and use of such equipment. i. That the operation, control and monitoring of all such devices and all information thus obtained remain exclusively within public sector agencies and not be outsourced to private enterprise.