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Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what factors were taken into account when deciding to ban the wearing of tinted visors by motorcyclists. (117690)

Motorcyclists are currently permitted to wear tinted visors provided that they are capable of transmitting at least 50 per cent. of the available light. In 2002 the Government reviewed whether to allow darker tinting during daytime only. Motorcyclists favoured this approach but road safety bodies raised concerns about the dangers which could arise if darker visors were worn in day time during poor or changing light conditions. After careful consideration, and on the grounds of road safety, it was decided to maintain the current limitation.