PROTOCOLS AND GUIDELINES
PROCEDURES TO START A NEW CLUB/ CHAPTER – WESTERN CAPE
The following Protocols, Rules and Guidelines were accepted by both the MAWC (Motorcyclist Association of the
Western Cape) and the Western Cape Presidents Meet (WCPM) as being applicable to new clubs, new club
chapters, etc wanting to start in the Western Cape.
It is therefore important for anybody wanting to start a new club/ club chapter to first understand all the
protocols and rules and to follow the guidelines so as to avoid any confusion and/ or misunderstandings.
On 1 September 2013, a special Bikers Task Team was founded to manage the implementation of these protocols
by guiding and educating proposed new clubs in the Western Cape. The Task Team operates as an independent
body under the auspices of the MAWC and the WCPM(G2G) as a joint initiative to regulate, educate and screen
new club applications and is the only body empowered to deal with new club applications. (see par.5 below)
No new club in the Western Cape will be allowed to start off as a MC. (see guidelines for reference).
It is highly recommended that a person/ persons who intends starting a new club, first consider
riding/ socializing with an existing club(-s) in their area in order to familiarize themselves with the
protocols and/ or behaviors of the local biking community.
No new clubs or club chapters with any International affiliations will be allowed to open in the
No person(-s) will be allowed to wear a back patch indicating them as being part of the biking
community without the consent of the Bikers Task Team.
COOLING OFF PERIOD:
New clubs are often founded by persons who has left an existing club, whatever the reason might
be. However, it is accepted practice that any person(-s) leaving a club, has to wait for a given
time period before joining another club, bar the exceptions as indicated below. This is also
applicable to such persons starting a new club or opening a new chapter on behalf of an existing
club (irrespective of the existing club’s rules re such a situation).
Clubs with several chapters normally have a stipulation in their Club Constitutions which
determines a cooling off period with regard to members moving between chapters. However,
irrespective of what their Constitutions determine, the local Governing Council/ Body within
whose area they operate might stipulate a different period of time in which case the Governing
Body’s determination will take precedence irrespective of whether that particular club belongs to
the Governing Council/ Body or not.