Tracking bikersâ€™ speed smacks of â€˜big brotherâ€™ Marc Meneaud MOTORBIKE enthusiasts Tania and Dave Winterburn have hit out at â€œbig brotherâ€ proposals to monitor bikers and force them to cut their speed. The couple, who own a Leamington motorbike accessory shop and have been keen riders for 30 years, say government plans for new compulsory devices that can track individual bikers are â€œfarcicalâ€. Ministers are exploring the introduction of the devices - expected to cost hundreds of pounds - which automatically cut the throttle on motor-bikes to bring them within the speed limit. Known as Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), the devices will also be able to track bikersâ€™ journeys and store data about each motorbikeâ€™s speed. If further trials are successful, the devices could be brought in for cars and other vehicles in an attempt to drastically cut the death toll on the countryâ€™s roads. However Tania, co-owner of Motorcycle World in Union Street, Leamington, said: â€œWe have been bikers for more years than we care to mention and we have found that bikers are all lawabiding citizens who agree with riding sensibly. â€œEveryone knows that there are young kids getting on bikes and speeding and going too fast but bringing this in is going too far. â€œIt is worrying that someone will be able to track you and control your speed. It is big brother.â€ Tania, of Fosse Way, Radford Semele, said shops selling motorcycle equipment would also suffer if the compulsory devices - similar to satellite navigation systems - were introduced. She said: â€œWill the riders be forced to pay for this? If the government is bringing in the devices the manufacturers should pay for them.â€ The devices have already been tested at the Motorcycle Industry Research Association (MIRA) in Watling Street, Nuneaton, amid proposals to introduce them on new bikes and cars. Tom Warterer, technical director of the Motorcycle Industry Association, based in Eaton Road, Coventry, has been involved in research into the ISA devices in motorbikes and cars. He said experiments had been carried out using a buzzer in a helmet or a vibrating seat which is triggered when a signal from a roadside beacon detects the rider is breaking the speed limit. More controversial proposals include fitting devices that control the motorbikeâ€™s speed. I doubt this will be implemented. And if it is - the after-market De-activating that ****ing useless piece of **** the gov wants on your bike for only $145 will be HUGE. I'm not even going to bother listing the ways this thing would kill motorcyclists mid-corner and during overtakes... it is so obviously a bad idea. See how politicians can not be trusted to make legislation on their own?