Motorcycle Legislation

Motorcycle Legislation

Legislation is reviewed every year and is changed on many items with the aim of making things more secure or safe for the British public. As motoring is so widespread and causes some severe accidents it is quite obvious that it will be under the spotlight as much if not more than many other subjects.

We will all have seen the changes that have come into force of the previous years. Things of note have been speed cameras, reduce speed zones in residential and built up areas, and speed bumps on many roads. Whilst many of these rule changes have not increased convenience they have all been done with the aim of reducing accidents.

It has come to light that there is a plan to reduce speed limits for motorcycle users in the aim of reducing the number of accidents involving motorcycle riders. The British Motorcycle Federation however does object to the plans to reduce the limit.

There is also a further plan covering learner riders, this would state that learners cannot use the roads unless they are accompanied by a fully qualified rider. This would bring the learning experience more into line with that of car users which is exactly the same. Unfortunately the British Federation also objects to this increase in regulation.

They did however agree to have more friendly barriers to be installed and that an approved list of instructors should be introduced. This would increase regulation on instructors and we guess that any instructor that wants to be added to the list will have to prove their worth. This should increase the quality of teaching practices which in turn would increase the quality of newly qualified riders.

It seems that many of the Federation objections will be accepted; however their stance on unaccompanied learners will be ignored. We believe that any stance on improving quality of learners and reducing accidents is a good step. For most drivers whilst this may be an inconvenience hopefully in the long term it will pay off.

A reduction in accidents will reduce the amount of claims on policies which will hopefully reduce the cost of premiums. For the extra inconvenience to have a reduced policy cost for the rest of your riding period might be a great pay off.

Also as there is a huge gulf between car owners and riders bringing the training regulations to a more similar level might generate more respect on the roads. Also we think that the roads are a very dangerous place, to be able to ride on your own whilst your learning is not a great idea. Hopefully an up skilling of riders will make the British roads and riders much safer.

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