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Two-Wheeled Motor Vehicles (Classes)

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what reprsentations he has received from the motor cycle manufacturers seeking a redifinition of the classes of motor cycle, mopeds and scooter; and what alterations in the present legal requirements they have suggested.

I have received written proposals from the Motorcycle Association of Great Britain and I have also met its representatives in the course of my meetings on motor cycle safety. Broadly speaking, the association proposes that the riding age should be lowered to 15 and that thereafter a rider should be allowed to progress gradually to larger machines depending on his age, experience and ability to pass the test.