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Motor Cycles (Carriage Of Children)

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport, in view of the large number of children who are killed and injured as passengers on motor cycles, if he will seek to alter the law to make it illegal to carry children under 10 years on motor cycles.

I accept that it is most undesirable for children to be carried on motor cycles and I hope that this may be generally recognised; casualties to child motor cycle passengers under the age of 10 in 1978 (the latest year for which figures are available) amounted to 39 injuries and no fatalities. On that basis, other aspects of motor cycle safety perhaps call more urgently for legislation.