Updated vehicle check rules changing the game for motorbike owners
Photo: EU Hands Off Biking Nationwide Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) Demo M3 J4a Farnborough - Photo by Tony Harrison
The administrative angle of owning a bike isn’t something that typically gets discussed, and with good reason-the pleasurable aspects of owning a bike should be discussed more often than the duller parts. However, EU-mandated law changes might soon change the vehicle-checking routines carried out in the UK and elsewhere.
According to Europeanvoice, the older regulations on road testing as applicable to 2 and 3-wheeled vehicles were deemed to be out-of date. Now, roadside checks will need to be made from 2016 for motorcycles and 2018 for mopeds. This is dependent upon the findings of a study on whether testing mopeds would be ineffective in the meantime, additionally there has been considerable concern raised due to the red tape and infrastructure this will forcibly generate in countries where motorbikes are less prevalent.
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The European Parliament have also suggested that national electronic registers should be used in order to collate data and keep incidences of stolen vehicle trading under control, which although arguably potentially useful in terms of the aggregation of data will potentially cause the usual data protection, privacy , and cost concerns (I don’t wish to be a cynic, but thumbing through any issue of Private Eye quite readily reveals overspends and miscalculations where governmental and EU data projects are concerned).
The legislation may conceivably add quite a bit to the otherwise lower amount of paperwork necessary for owning a motorcycle, and consequently might put some new riders off slightly. In terms of resources for new learners in general some motorcycle dealers are pretty decent at providing additional info to get a learner started; www.lexmoto.co.uk/ for example have maintenance/reviews sections and a couple of finance and insurance sections to help new starters. For those more seasoned riders just needing to know about the most recent law changes, a google alert or two for the relevant topics should suffice.
Photo: Police motorbike - Photo by William Warby
The laws won’t come into effect for some time, but it might be an idea to prepare in advance for potential roadside stops-familiarise yourself with the usual patterns of VOSA/police stops, and pay careful attention to their vehicles particularly when you’re on a motorway.
Article source: Brian Cotton