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Motorcycles: Speed Limits

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations apply to the provision of speedometers on motorcycles registered for use on public roads in the UK. (139645)

Regulations 35 and 36 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, EC Directive 2000/7/EC and UN-ECE Regulation 39 are the regulations which apply to the provision of speedometers on motorcycles registered for use on public roads in Great Britain.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether speedometers fitted to motorcycles registered for use on public roads in the UK must be furnished with markings indicating speed in miles per hour; and whether provision must be made for those markings to be properly lit so as to be visible when the machines are driven during the hours of darkness and in low-light conditions. (139646)

Regulation 35 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, as amended requires that motorcycles first used on or after 1 April 1984 shall be fitted with a speedometer which is capable of showing speed in both miles per hour and kilometres per hour, either simultaneously or by the operation of a switch.

Speedometers on vehicles must also meet either the requirements of EC Directive 2007/7/EC and UN-ECE Regulation 39 or be approved to meet the requirements of the Motor Cycles Etc (Single Vehicle Approval) Regulations 2003. These regulations require that the speedometer display must be clearly legible both by day and by night.