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Mopeds And Motor Cycles

Volume 981: debated on Thursday 27 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport (1) if he will introduce legislation to seek to permit a minimum of six months to elapse between tests for drivers on mopeds and tests for drivers on middleweight or heavyweight motor cycles:(2) if he will introduce legislation to seek to raise to 18 years the age at which heavyweight motor cycles may be ridden;(3) if he will take steps to introduce a "cyclemotor" classification of the kind permitted on the Continent and in the United States of America with maximum capacity not exceeding 50 c.c. and a top speed of 30 miles per hour with removal of registration and road tax requirements and the lowering of the minimum riding age to 15 years subject to compulsory training.

These proposals have all been put to me as part of a package of measures by the Motorcycle Association of Great Britain. I am considering them in the context of my general review of motor cycle safety on which I shall make a statement as soon as possible.