A parliamentary debate is to be held on the Government's proposals for anti tampering. The proposals were revealed in a consultation on 'The Future of Transport Regulatory Review – Modernising Vehicle Standards' during 2021.
This consultation proved to be highly controversial, generating wide attention in the motorcycle world and the media, given how the wording in the consultation was interpreted by the wider public. It was worded in such a way that suggests that all types of modifications of motorcycles will be outlawed. It also went further by proposing to outlaw the marketing, promotion and sale of ‘tampering services or products’. This appears to be an extraordinary and socially repressive approach to perceived problems which were not well defined in the consultation.
The NMC and other motorcycling organisations responded to the consultation, which also attracted a petition which was signed by over 100,000 people, passing a threshold where petitions are considered for debate in Parliament.
The Petitions Committee – a cross-party group of MPs who consider petitions started at petition.parliament.uk - have scheduled a debate on a petition relating to the Government's proposals. This will take place on April 25th. Nick Fletcher MP, a member of the Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate.
To inform the debate, Mr Fletcher would like to hear views on the Government's plans, and what else it should be doing on this issue.
An online survey has been launched at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/V6ND30/ Responses will be anonymous and a summary of responses will be published on the Committee's website.
The NMC urges motorcyclists to take part in the survey and make their views known.
Notes to Editors
1. For further comment from the NMC please contact Craig Carey-Clinch, on 07979 757484 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2. National Motorcyclists Council members are: The Auto Cycle Union, the British Motorcyclists Federation, IAM RoadSmart, the National Motorcycle Dealers Association, Plantec Assist, the Trail Riders Fellowship and the Vintage Motor Cycle Club