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Mini Motos

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the British Motorcyclists Federation and (b) the Motorcycle Industry Association on mini moto regulation; and if he will make a statement. (100170)

The Department, the British Motorcyclist Federation (BMF) and the Motorcycling Industry Association (MCIA) all field representatives to all the sub-groups of the National Motorcycle Council. This body (and its sub-groups) meet regularly to look at all aspects of motorcycling.

In addition, last July I met representatives of the MCIA to discuss mini-moto issues and in October I received a briefing note and report from MCIA about the role of motor projects and road user education in helping to tackle public concerns about mini-moto use. I shall be replying shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people under the age of 17 years have been fined for driving mini-motorcycles. (97835)

I have been asked to reply.

The information is not available.

The only offences identified by the statistical collections on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform that are specific to motor cycles are “failing to wear a crash helmet” and “unlawful pillion riding”. All other offences committed by motorcyclists cannot be identified from the data held centrally either because the offence as defined in legislation is not specific to any type of motor vehicle (e.g. driving on a footpath, or vehicle not taxed or insured against third party risks) or because it is not identified separately and is grouped together with other miscellaneous motoring offences.