Opposed to Anti-Tampering

The British Motorcyclists Federation (bmf) reports that the UK Government is still opposed to anti-tampering.

The UK government reaffirmed in parliament yesterday that there is no evidence to support anti-tampering controls on larger motorcycles and therefore they are opposed to it.

With the trialogue discussions between the EU parliament, European Council of Ministers and the European Commission who drafted the proposed legislation proceeding in the same direction, at this stage it is very unlikely that larger motorcycles will be included in the anti-tampering section of the proposed type-approval regulation.

The BMF report that MP Steve Bakers question in Parliament was replied to by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker MP.

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Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport:

(1) what assessment she has made of the quantitative indicators provided by the European Commission to support the extension of anti-tampering measures to unrestricted motorcycles under Articles 17, 18 and 52 of its proposed measures concerning the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheel vehicles and quadricycles;

(2) what assessment she has made of the evidence cited by the European Commission on the scale of tampering and illegal modification of powered two wheelers as a proportion of the EU and UK fleet for (a) mopeds, (b) 125cc machines and (c) machines greater than 125cc; [107813]

(3) what assessment she has made of the evidence cited by the European Commission on the proportion of accidents involving death or serious injury of motorcycle riders for which tampering and illegal modification has been identified as a primary cause of the accident in the (a) EU and (b) UK;

(4) what assessment she has made of the figures provided by the European Commission to demonstrate that anti-tampering measures are effective at enforcing type approval regulations.

Norman Baker: The Commission has not published any indicators to support the extension of anti-tampering measures to unrestricted motorcycles as part of their current proposal.

A Commission sponsored study is under way which may provide evidence on the scale of tampering, its influence on accidents in the EU, and the effectiveness of new regulations.

The Department will consider the results of this study when they are published.

The Department’s impact assessment could not find evidence to support anti-tampering measures on unrestricted motorcycles and on this basis the Government has opposed proposals to extend anti-tampering measures to unrestricted motorcycles.

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